Shen Chen was one of the leading figures of China’s abstract painting and experimental ink art movement during the 1980s and has devoted his career to exploring the possibilities of ink and the development of abstract art. The Shanghai Experimental Art Movement was an important period before the well-known The 85 New Wave Movement, which documented the Chinese early abstract and experimental art’s transition to the contemporary, a vital turning point in Chinese art history. Shen organized and participated in Wild Rose, the first experimental art exhibition, at the Shanghai Theater Academy (1978), and participated in the landmark 1986 Grand Exhibition – Youth Artists, China National Museum of Art, Beijing.


Shen Chen recapitulates the meditative and deliberative brushwork associated with traditional Chinese ink brush calligraphy and painting. His language, however, is contemporary. His fully abstract paintings, which reference the aesthetics of minimalism, are a study of brushstroke, color, and tonality. To create his subtle umber surfaces, Shen paints with a wide variety of traditional Chinese brushes. Working with canvas on the studio floor, he layers the surface by moving progressively from top to bottom, in a vertical motion. The discrete horizontal lines visible on the surface are a record of where each vertical brushstroke began and stopped. It is this meticulous layering of color that achieves the resonant tonal hues of his paintings, which also manifests his rigorous discipline.


Shen Chen’s works have been exhibited at various art museums, including National Art Museum of China, Roma Academy of Fine Arts, Today Art Museum, Queens Museum of Art, Bochum Museum, Shanghai University Museum, Hexiangning Museum of Contemporary Art, Museum of Chinese in America, Epoch Art Museum, Yuan Art Museum,Himalaya Museum of Art, Singer Museum of Art, Kunsthalle Recklinghausen, Museum Hurrle Durbach and ME Collection Berlin. His works are in many public and private collections including ME Collection Berlin (Germany),Aszo Nobel Art Foundation (Netherland), Duke Energy Corporation (USA), Johnson & Johnson Foundation (USA), Today Art Museum (China), Stibbe Collection, (Netherlands), Shanghai University (China), San Shang Museum of Contemporary Art (China), etc.





1990 Boston University, Massachusetts 
  Master of Fine Art
1989 New York Studio School of Painting and Sculpture, New York 
  Exchange Students Award
1988 Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture,
  Maine Fellowship Award-Art in Residence
1982 Shanghai Academy of Theater, Shanghai 
  Bachlor of Fine Art
1978 Shanghai Art College, Shanghai


Solo Exhibitions


2018 Grey Matters, Fu Qiumeng Fine Art, New York
  SHEN CHEN, Matthew Liu Fine Arts, Shanghai 
  SHEN CHEN, Gallery Gowolhun, Seoul 
  SHEN CHEN, Cynthia Reeves Contemporary/Art Central, Hong Kong
2017 SHEN CHEN, NanHai Art Gallery, San Francisco 
  SHEN CHEN, Ginkgo Space, Beijing
2016 SHEN CHEN, Cynthia Reeves Gallery, New Hampshire 
  SHEN CHEN, Canvas International Art, Amsterdam
2014 SHEN CHEN, Cynthia Reeves Gallery, Massachusetts 
  SHEN CHEN - paintings, Galerie Frank Schlag, Essen
2013 Between the Lines–Paintings by Shen Chen, Canvas International Art, Amsterdam
  SHEN CHEN, Cynthia Reeves Gallery, Art Basel, Switzerland
2012 SHEN CHEN, Galerie Frank Schlag, Essen 
  SHEN CHEN, Cynthia Reeves Contemporary Art, New England
2011 SHEN CHEN – Paintings, Elisabeth de Brabant Art Center, Shanghai
  SHEN CHEN-Selected Works from Sanshang Museum, Elisabeth de Brabant Art Center, Shanghai


Group Exhibition


2020 NanHai Art at 2020 Art Central Hong Kong x Artsy, NanHai Art, Hong Kong, China 
  Alienation ?, Eli Klein Gallery, New York, USA
2018 All This, NanHai Art, San Francisco, CA
  Bild Macht Religion ( Image power of Religion ), Art Museum Bochum, Bochum
  New Avant-Gard Art in Shanghai 1979-2010, Mingyuan Museum, Shanghai
  Blurred Boundaries, Art Gallery at New York School of Interior Design, New York
  Way of Thinking, Galerie Frank Schlag, Essen 
  Chinese Abstraction, Cynthia Reeves Gallery, New Hampshire 
  FARBE, Galerie Frank Schlag, Essen
2017 Open Books, Charles E. Shain Library, Connecticut College, Connecticut 
  Abstract Art in Dialogue, Art Gallery New York School of Interior Design, New York
2016 Neo Moroism, Tokyo Gallery, Beijing
  Research exhibition on Contemporary Chinese Line-SchoolEpoch Art Museum, Wenzhou
  Paper Theatre, Pearl Lam Gallery, Shanghai 
  Abstract Painting from Chinese, Galerie Frank Schlag, Essen 
  An Exhibition in Celebration of Shanghai Academy of Theater 
  70th Anniversary, Dorgan Museum, Shanghai

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