Chen Duxi (b. 1983, Chengdu) explores time, motion and objects through a synthesis of Western oil painting and traditional Chinese ink painting. 


Chen currently works and lives in Beijing. He graduated from the BFA program at Chengdu Academy of Fine Art in 2006. In 2008, he attended and completed an advanced course in oil painting from the China Central Academy of Fine Arts.


Chen’s neo-traditionalist paintings can be best located in his ongoing engagement with lines and threads, which seek to express the subtle stability of qi and the concealed shi (momentum) that underlie the observable world. Though his works take classical elements of landscape and figures as stylistic references, Chen does not merely seek to revive antiquity. Rather, he grounds the act of painting in the artist’s embodied relationship with the natural world. 


In the sustained series 持頤 (chiyi, contemplate) and 尔躬(ergong), Chen combines the mundane and the lyrical, rendering scientific geological illustrations with  literati brushwork to surface with an empathic discernment that surfaces the lyrical vitality within nature. The striking details that emerge do not seek to affirm the positivist observations stemming from the human vision. Rather, the depiction of flora and fauna, water and clouds, and other organic matter are informed by Chen’s in-depth inquiries into their primordial existence prior to human civilization, as well as their time-honored presence as agential subjects.


Recent major exhibitions include: “Hydrology”, Anyone x Tea Here 798, Beijing, China, 2022;  “Emerging From The Twilight”, Salon Ten in WF Central, Beijing, China, 2021;  “Voice of the Spring”, Nouvel Institut Franco Chinois, Lyon, France, 2017;  “Two Sides of a Coin”, Gallery 55, Shanghai, China; “Thinking about Not Thinking”, Yishu 8, Beijing, China, 2016; “End of the Fall”, Solo show, Yishu 8, Beijing, China, 2015; “Confronting Anitya: Oriental Experience in Contemporary Art”, Yuan Art Museum, Beijing, China; The Kunstmuseum Bonn, Bonn, Germany, 2014; “Memorandum”, White Space Beijing, Beijing, China, 2013; “The Time Kept”, The Fringe Club, Hong Kong, China, 2010. 




2008  Graduated from Advanced Study Class of Oil Painting from 
  China Central Academy of Fine Art
2006 Graduated from Chengdu Academy of Fine Arts

Now Living and Working in Beijing, China


solo Exhibitions



“Hydrology”, Anyone x Tea Here 798, Beijing, China


Emerging From The Twilight, Salon Ten in WF Central, Beijing


Chen Duxi Solo Exhibition, Art 8site, Paris, France


Wild State, Gallery55, Shanghai, China

2017 Rhuthm Of Spring, Sino-French University History Of Museum , Lyon
2016 Two Sides Of A Coin, Gallery55, Shanghai, China
2015 Lonely Fisherman, Chen Duxi Exhibition, Art 8site of Sino-French University, Beijing, China





BOOMERANG-OCAT Biennale, Shenzhen

2019 GAIA, Champs Élysées Guerlain Flagship Store, Paris, France
  Purity of Mind, Fu Qiumeng Fine Art, New York, USA  
  Blissful Land II: Still Waters Run Deep, Shanghai Himalayas Museum, Shanghai, China
  Jingting Mountain, Tong Gallery + Projects, Beijing, China
2017 New Stele School 3 Confucianism & Realism, CAFA Museum, Beijing, China
2016 Between Thinking and No Thinking, Art 8, Site of Sino-French University, Beijing, China
2015 Praise the Tea, Today Art Museum, Beijing, China
  Inner Clarity, Boxes Art Space, Shenzhen, China
2014 Confronting Anitya—Oriental Experience in Contemporary Art, Yuan Art Museum,  Beijing, China
  Confronting Anitya—Oriental Experience in Contemporary Art, MoMA, Bonn
2013 Memo, White Space, Beijing, China
2010 Long Quan Bath, Beijing, China
  The Time Being Kept, Art Commune, Hong Kong, China
2009 Change, Art Channel Gallery, Beijing, China

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