Chen Wei was born in Zhejiang Province, China, in 1980.
Chen’s multimedia works toe the line between experimental illusion and the quotidian realities of contemporary society, focusing on the almost imperceptible dream sequences that exist in even the most mundane of moments. His staged photographs, at once idealistic and ominous, negotiate the symbolist tropes put forward by the medium of photography.
Chen Wei’s work has been the subject of solo exhibitions worldwide, including “Chen Wei: In the Waves,” Chi K11 Art Museum, Shanghai, China (2015); “Chen Wei: The Stars in the Night Sky are Innumerable,” Australia China Art Foundation, Sydney, Australia (2014); “Tight Rope,” Yokohama Creative City Center (YCC), Yokohama, Japan (2011) and “The Fabulist’s Path,” Platform China Contemporary Art Institute, Beijing, China (2008). He has also exhibited in group shows including “Performance and Imagination: Chinese Photography 1911-2014,” Stavanger Art Museum, Stavanger, Norway (2014); “My Generation: Young Chinese Artists,” Tampa Museum of Art & Museum of Fine arts, St. Petersburg, FL (2014); “28 Chinese,” Rubell Family Collection/Contemporary Arts Foundation, Miami, FL (2013); “Rising Dragon: Contemporary Chinese Photography,” San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, CA (2013); “ON/OFF: China’s Young Artists in Concept & Practice,” Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing, China (2013); “The First “CAFAM Future” exhibition,” CAFA Art Museum, Beijing, China (2012) and “Reflection of Mind: MoCA Shanghai Envisage III,” Museum of Contemporary Art, Shanghai, China (2010).
Chen Wei lives and works in Beijing, China.