1954 Born in Shanghai 1978 Graduated from the Printmaking Department of the Central Academy of Fine Arts Currently living in Beijing as a professor of Mural Department in CAFA Selected Exhibitions 2007 Recent works, Hakgojae Gallery, Seoul, Korea (solo) 2006 All, Aye Gallery, Beijing, China (solo) 2006 Developing Realism- Oil painting from mainland of China since 1978, Taiwan, China 2005 Boundless Landscape– Invitational Exhibition of Oil Painting by Artists from the South and the North, Nanjing, China Whole Grand River-Retrospect Exhibition of Chinese Oil painting in new Era, National Museum of Fine Arts, Guangzhou and Beijing, China 2004 Fine Arts with Nomination Award and 10th National Exhibition of Fine Arts with Excellent Award 2003 Today’s Chinese Fine Art, Beijing World Art Museum, Beijing, China 2000 Gate of Century-Invitational Exhibition of Chinese Art from 1979 to 1999 and 20th Century’s Chinese Oil Painting Exhibition 1999 Exhibition of Chen Wenji's Oil painting, Courtyard Gallery, Beijing, China 1996 Repeat. Start 96 Oil Painting Exhibition, Beijing Working People Palace, Beijing, China 1995 Exhibition of Contemporary Chinese Oil Painting, Hong Kong, China 1993 Oil Painting Exhibition of Concrete Figures, National Museum of Fine Art, Beijing, China 1993 The Second Annual Exhibition of Chinese Oil Painting, National Museum of Fine Arts, Beijing, China 1992 Twenty Century. China, National Museum of Fine Art, Beijing, China 1991 Annual Exhibition of Chinese Oil Painting 1989 Exhibition of Chinese Modern Art, National Museum of Fine Art, Beijing, China 1988 Exchange Exhibition of Print between CAFA and l'École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts,paris, France 1987 First Exhibition of Chinese Oil Painting with Excellent Award 1986 Tour Exhibition of CAFA’s Print in England 1985 Exchange Exhibition of Print between CAFA and l'École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris, France
Chen Wenji’s aesthetic language revealed on the surface may seem westernized, however the psychology within his works and its enlightenment are very oriental. He has fused artistic forms from both East and West, and completed it with artist’s own way of expression. Unlike other contemporary artists, he does not stick on realism, or frankly expresses ideas and philosophies, or imitates something foreign onto his work. Rather, he integrates and internalizes his work and personal thoughts, placidly revealing his intentions and self.
Currently, Chen Wenji is a professor at Central Academy of Fine Art in Beijing. He comes from a humble family and is a keen intellect with quiet ideas. Thus, coming from this background, both beautiful and social perspectives can be found simultaneously in his works.
Born in 1954 in Shanghai, China, Chen Wenji graduated from Central Academy of Fine Art in Department of Printingmaking. He was awarded from China Artists Association (1987), China Oil Painting Society (1993), National Exhibition of Fine Arts (2004) and more, actively working in this field.