Wu Jian’an

Wu Jian’an was born in Beijing in 1980. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Beijing Broadcasting Institute in 2002. In 2005, he earned a master’s degree at Central Academy of Fine Arts and then joined the faculty of CAFA. Currently he lives and works in Beijing as an associate professor of School of Experimental Art and master tutor at CAFA, as well as a researcher of Chinese Traditional Artistry Research and Protection Center at Prince Kung’s Mansion. For years, Wu has devoted himself to introducing contemporary radical aesthetics and cultural attitudes to the endangered Chinese folk art traditions. Wu Jian’an likes to operate his imagination simultaneously in multiple dimensions; likewise, his works simultaneously expand the viewer’s artistic imagination in various directions. He travels between words and images while adding a layer of storytelling above figuration and abstraction. He freely traverses temporal divides, instantaneously taking viewers from today’s world back to mysterious primeval times. His art spans various media and styles: painting, sculpture, paper cut, and installation, all of which provide him with a varied vocabulary yet also arouse his desire to cross boundaries – to integrate, transgress and disarrange. His works have been exhibited at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington D.C.; the Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, Japan; the CAFA Museum, the Minsheng Art Museum, Beijing, etc. He has also put on solo exhibitions in places like Beijing, Shanghai and NewYork