Contemporary Art Specialist

Fabien Fryns Fine Art

Sheng Qi


Sheng Qi is a committed artist.
He led one of Chinese contemporary art's earliest performance art group; Concept 21.
But only in 1989, did he drastically fluster people's mind, when he chose to use his body as a field of protest.
Reportedly distressed by the massacre of Tiananmen Square, Sheng Qi chopped-off the pinky on his left hand and buried it in a flowerpot, which remained in Beijing during his European exile.
He returned to China in 1998, convinced that he still has much more to say about his homeland.
His radical gesture was his definite starting point to numerous contestations and questionings on China's omnipresent old haunting ghosts that he today decides to crystallize and demystify in his paintings.

Curriculum Vitae

Sheng Qi group exhibitions:

2022 contemporary Chinese photography. Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC
2021 Constellations: Photographs in Dialogue, SFMOMA, San Francisco
2020 Reframing the Passport Photo, Wallach Art Gallery, New York
2019 Your Mirror: Portraits from the ICP Collection, International Center of Photography Museum, New York

Sheng Qi solo exhibitions:

Square, March 19 - May 21, Opening: March 19 (6-8) - Fabien Fryns Fine Art, Los Angeles, USA
314 N. Cresent Heights blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90048, +1 323 998 6236 -
'My painting has no colour', Poligono Gallery, Marbella, Spain Video >>
Poligono Gallery website
New Paintings, F2 Gallery, Beijing, China
China: Fluid Witness, Opal Gallery, Tel Aviv, Israel
Sheng Qi, Galerie Bork, Copenhagen, Denmark
Most Wanted, Cramer contemporary, Geneva, Switzerland
History in Black and Red, Andrew James Art, Shanghai, China
History in Black and Red, DF2 Gallery, Los Angeles, USA
Paintings, Gallery Köhler Müller, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
History in Black and Red, Redgate Gallery, Beijing, China
Missing…, 798 Avant Gallery
Salute to Artists, 798 / RedGate Gallery, Beijing, China
Confidential, F2 Gallery, Beijing, China
Madness and Appropriation, RedGate Gallery, Beijing, China
Transcription, RedGate Gallery, Beijing, China
Melbourne Fringe Festival, Mass Gallery, Melbourne
Nine Pigeons + Nurse + Sheng Qi, Beijing, China
Are You Willing to Shake My Hand?, Tokyo
Fortune Cookies, Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA), London
Sheng Qi group exhibitions
Half-Life of a Dream: Contemporary Chinese Art from the collection
of Kent and Vicki Logan, Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco
Zhu Yi! Fotografia actual en China, ARTIUM Centro-Museo Vasco de Arte
Contemporaneo, Vitoria-Gasteiz
RedGate Gallery’s 15th Anniversary
Mobile Socialism, Contemporary Art, 798 / Beijing
Observing the Senses, Red Gate Gallery
Body Scape, ARC One Gallery, Melbourne; RedGate Gallery
Between Past and Future, International Center of Photography, NY
Over A Billion Served, Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver
China’s Photography Painting, Art Season Gallery, Beijing
Beijing Afloat, Beijing Tokyo Art Projects
Clues to the Future – RedGate Gallery’s 10th Anniversary
Post – Material, RedGate Gallery
Departure from China, Beijing Design Museum
4th NIPAF Asian Performance Art Series & NIPAF Contemporary Art
Seminar, Nagoya, Tokyo, Nagano
8th Mexican International Performance Exhibition, Mexico City
Inside Out: New Chinese Art, P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, NY
China Avant-Garde, Museum of Modern Art, Oxford
China Avant-Garde, National Art Gallery of China (NAGC), Beijing
Great Earthquake, Great Wall, Beijing University
Concept 21 – Tai Ji, Great Wall, Beijing University

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