Geng Jianyi was born in Zhengzhou, Henan Province in 1962. Artist Geng Jianyi’s work is characterized by his uncompromising resistance to various forms of modernity. Mr. Geng rose to prominence in China in the mid-1980s as an influential member of the avant-garde art movement known as the Eighth Five-Year New Wave, and since then he has tried to foster this resistance with a wide range of techniques — including various forms of painterlature, coloring, lithography, photography, cinematographic conversion, chemical alteration and textual juxtaposing.
Key exhibitions include: 57th Venice Biennale, Viva Art, Venice (2017); Projections are stubborn, OCAT Shanghai (2016); Xiaoqiao Dongbei, OCAT Shenzhen (2015); Ignorance, 1985-2008 Geng Jianyi Affection, Minsheng Modern Art Museum, Shanghai (2012); Over, Geng Jianyi Solo Exhibition, Shangnar Beijing, (2008); Important group exhibitions include: Gwangju Biennale, South Korea (2014); 85 New Wave, The First Chinese Contemporary Art Movement, Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing (2007); The Real Thing, Contemporary Art from China, Tate Gallery, UK (2007); The First Guangzhou Triennale — Reinterpretation: Ten Years of Experimental Chinese Art (1990-2000), Guangdong Museum of Art (2002); Another Long March, Chinese Conceptual Art in the 1990s, CHASSE KAZERNE, Breda, The Netherlands (1997); 45th Venice International Art Biennale, Italy (1993); Chinese Avant-garde Art Exhibition, World Cultural Palace, Heidschelm Museum, Berlin, Germany (1993); Modern Chinese Art Exhibition, National Art Museum of China, Beijing (1989).
Angela de la Cruz
Bernd Becher & Hilla Becher
Nam June Paik
Stamping the Water (Performance in the Lhasa River, Tibet)