Artist: Wei Yan
Title: Portrait 2012 Series No. 1
Size: 33 x 41 cm
Material: Oil on canvas
Wei Yan was born in Sichuan province, 1975. After graduating from the oil painting department of Sichuan Fine Arts Institute, he went on to do a master’s degree at the Chengdu Fine Arts Institute of Sichuan Conservatory of Music in 2007. In his paintings floods, beasts and monsters are all sources of power, harking back to a more primitive era, while in violent opposition to modern life, and modern man.
Selected exhibitions include the “Chengdu Biennale”, 2011; “Voice of the Unseen”, at the 55th Venice Biennale, 2013; “SEE/SA”, at the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing, 2012; and the “New Power China Nominative Exhibition”, at the Shanghai Art Museum, Shanghai, 2007. His works have been widely collected by institutions such as the China Foundation for Visual Arts, the Chinese Ministry of Culture and Foreign Exchange Centre and the Central Art Foundation.
Wei Yan is represented by Beijing Pifo New Art Gallery. He currently works and lives and works in Chengdu.