Shen Wei
Artist Statement

Born and raised in Shanghai, Shen Wei is a fine art photographer currently based in New York City. Shen’s photographs have been widely exhibited, with venues including the Griffin Museum of Photography in Winchester, Massachusetts; Lincoln Center Avery Fisher Hall, New York; the Australian Center for Photography, Paddington; the Seattle Center on Contemporary Art; Kunst Licht Gallery, Shanghai; and the Saatchi Gallery for the Zoo Art Fair, London. His photographs have been featured in various publications, including American Photo, Chinese Photography, Photo District News, Photo Review, China Photo Press, Life Magazine China and La Tempestad.

Shen is a recipient of the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center Creative Artist Residency, the 2007 Griffin Award from the Griffin Museum of Photography, the Excellent Photographer Award from 2008 China Pingyao International Photography Festival; the 2008 Urban Artist Initiative New York City Fellowship, and Manhattan Community Arts Fund Grants in 2007 and 2008. Shen was named one of the fifteen “new generation of photo pioneers” by American Photo in 2007, and was also part of PDN’s annual “30 New and Emerging Photographers to Watch” list in 2008.

Shen holds an MFA in photography, video, and related media from the School of Visual Arts, New York; a BFA in photography from Minneapolis College of Art and Design; and a BA in decorative arts and design from Shanghai Light Industry College.

Artist Web Site
Exhibition History at Gallery 456
2011Almost Naked
2008Concubines of New York
Works & History
Solo Exhibitions:
Flowers Gallery, Between Blossoms, New York, NY
Signum Foundation Gallery, Between Blossoms, Lodz, Poland
Visionairs Gallery, Invisible Atlas, Singapore
SinArts Gallery, Between Blossoms, The Hague, Netherlands
Galerie Christophe Tailleur, Dusk of the Harmonious Garden, Strasbourg, France
Flowers Gallery, Invisible Atlas, New York, NY
H Gallery, I Miss You Already, Bangkok, Thailand
LA. Galerie Lothar Albrecht, Chinese Sentiment, Frankfurt, Germany
Daniel Cooney Fine Art, I Miss You Already, New York, NY
Light Work, I Miss You Already, New York, NY
Epson Imaging Gallery, Chinese Sentiment, Shanghai, China
Monika Olko Gallery, Chinese Sentiment, Sag Harbor, NY
Athens Photo Festival 2012, Chinese Sentiment, Athens, Greece
Daniel Cooney Fine Art, Chinese Sentiment, New York, NY
Art Institute of Boston, Chinese Sentiment, Boston, MA
Chinese American Arts Council, Almost Naked, New York, NY
Lumenvisum, Chinese Sentiment, Hong Kong, China
Randall Scott Gallery, Almost Naked, New York, NY
Kunst Licht Gallery, Almost Naked, Shanghai, China
Chinese American Arts Council, Concubines of New York, New York, NY
Elkins Gallery, Almost Naked, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA
Chinese American Arts Council, Concubines of NY, New York
TIXE Gallery, Behind the Persona, New York, NY
Selected Group Exhibitions:
Boston University Art Galleries, Occupancies, Boston, MA
Bundoora Homestead Art Center, Closing the Distance, Melbourne, Australia
Block Gallery, Plausible Worlds, Raleigh, NC
M97 Gallery, Photosynthesis, Shanghai, China
SinArts Gallery, Old Heroes New Heroes, The Hague, Netherlands
Power Station of Art, Snacks, Shanghai, China
The Ringling Museum of Art, Exposure: Naked before the lens, Sarasota, FL
ArtexArte Fundación Alfonso y Luz Castillo, Body and Desire, Buenos Aires, Argentina
La Triennale di Milano, Arts & Foods. Rituals since 1851. Milan, Italy
Langenzersdorf Museum, Still, Langenzersdorf, Austria
Museum of Fine Arts, Five Decades of Photography at MFA, St. Petersburg, FL
Galerie Foto-Forum, Still, Bolzano, Italy
Niederösterreich Gesellschaft für Kunst und Kultur, Still, St. Pölten, Austria
Museum Orth, Still, Orth, Austria
Haus der Kunst, Still, Baden, Austria
Soo Visual Arts Center, Collect Call 2: Exploring Art Patronage, Minneapolis, MN
CCI Fabrica, Reminder Function, Moscow, Russia
Format International Photography Festival, Contemporary Photobooks from China, Derby, UK
North Carolina Museum of Art, Private Eye, Raleigh, NC
Serendipia Gallery of Art, Impermeables, Madrid, Spain
Flowers Gallery, Interiors, New York, NY
VanDernoot Gallery Lesley University, Visible Soul, Cambridge, MA
Sanlitun Village, 2014 Get it Louder, Beijing China
Flowers Gallery, Small is Beautiful, New York, NY
Flanders Gallery, Frames per Second, Raleigh, NC
Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, Recent Acquisitions: Prints, Drawings, & Photographs, FL
The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Making Pictures of People, Kansas City, MO
He Xiangning Art Museum, Local Future, Shenzhen, China
Moscow Museum of Modern Art. Between Image and Personality. Moscow, Russia
Flowers Gallery. Under My Skin: Contemporary Nudes. New York, NY
Ningbo Museum of Art, Austrian Contemporary Art made in China, Ningbo, China
Space Station, Bare Life, Beijing, China
Krasnoyarsk International Media Art Festival, Now & After, Krasnoyarsk, Russia
School of International Center of Photography, Stories in the Social Landscape, New York
Turchin Center for the Visual Arts. Men Working: The Collection of Allen Thomas. Boone, NC
The Kinsey Institute, Face Value: Portraits from The Kinsey Institute, Bloomington, IN
Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, Size really Does Matter, Los Angeles, CA
Noorderlicht Photofestival, Asian Photography of Global Stature, Groningen, The Netherlands
Sheppard Contemporary, Refigured, University Of Nevada, Reno, NV
Lishui International Photo Festival, Lishui, Zhejiang Province, China
Wasserman Project, Summer Group Show, Birmingham, MI
Moproo Gallery, Summer in the City, Shanghai, China
Philadelphia Museum of Art, PMA Photography Portfolio 2012, Philadelphia, PA
Southeast Museum of Photography, Anthology 2012, Daytona Beach, FL
Liu Haisu Art Museum, Hong Kong and One World, Shanghai, China
Daegu Photo Biennale, Special Exhibition: Repositioned Personal, Daegu, Korea
Moproo Gallery, My Own Private Room, Shanghai, China
Austro Sino Arts Program, Left and Right, Beijing, China
ArtScience Museum at Marina Bay Sands, Singapore Inte. Photography Festival, Singapore
Shanghai International Photographic Art Exhibition, Shanghai, China
Bruce Silverstein Gallery, 29×29, New York, NY
Museum of the City of New York, Moveable Feast, New York, NY
Harn Museum of Art, Highlights from the Asian Collection, Gainesville, Florida
Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery at Haverford College, Through the Plain Camera, Haverford, PA
Noorderlicht Photofestival 2011, Metropolis, Groningen, The Netherlands
Stacion Center for Contemporary Art Prishtina, I have also other favorites, Prishtina, Kosova
White Space Gallery, kunst.licht Photo Art Gallery in Beijing, Beijing, China
Australia Center for Photography, 100 Portraits, Sydney, Australia
DOB Hualamphong Gallery, Human/Time/Space, Bangkok, Thailand
Epsite Gallery, Faces of Life, Shanghai, China
CAFA Art Museum, Faces of Life, Beijing, China
Flauders Art Gallery, Open Season, Raleigh, NC
The Kinsey Institute, Nature & Nurture, Bloomington, IN
Daniel Cooney Fine Art, Self Exposure, New York, NY
Corcoran Gallery of Art,100 Portraits at, Washington D.C.
The Arts Council of Wilson, From The Collection of Allen Thomas, Jr., Wilson, NC
Galleria Contemporaneo, Global Photography, Venice, Italy.
Gallery at the Gershwin, Longing alive and well, New York, NY
Savignano Immagini La Fotografia, Global Photography, Savignano, Italy
J&Z Gallery, Portraits of Youth, Shenzhen, China
Phil. Gallery, Inside of Me, Los Angeles, CA
T&P Fine Art, Focus, Philadelphia, PA
Michael Mazzeo Gallery, Bare, New York, NY
Pingyao International Photography Festival, Pingyao, Shanxi Province, China
The University of Arts. Best of Show. Philadelphia, PA
Lianzhou International Photo Festival, Lianzhou, Guangdong Province, China
Australian Centre for Photography, Hijacked, Sydney, Australia.
Shanghai International Photo Exhibition, SongJiang Art Museum, Shanghai, China
Randall Scott Gallery, Washington D.C.
Silver Eye Center for Photography, Pittsburgh, PA
Katzen Art Center, The Washington Project for the Arts, Washington DC
Deutsche Bank Gallery, Dare to Struggle, Dare to Win, New York, NY
Foto Freo, Hijacked, Fremantle, WA, Australia
Fluctuating Images, Hijacked, Stuttgart, Germany
Saatchi Gallery for the Zoo Art Fair, Royal Academy of Arts, London, UK
Griffin Museum of Photography, Annual Exhibition, Winchester, MA
ZONE Chelsea Center for the Arts, U Can’t Touch Dis, New York, NY
Jen Bekman Gallery, A New American Portrait, New York, NY
Gallery 456, China on Paper: Eroticsim, New York, NY
Center on Contemporary Art, 2006 CoCA Annual, Seattle, WA
Contemporary Project Space, Variety, New York, NY
Dougherty Art Center, TPS15, Austin, TX
3rdWard Gallery, Strange Instrument, Brooklyn, NY
Visual Arts Gallery, Early Work, New York, NY
2005 – 2000
Lincoln Center Avery Fisher Hall, Obsession, New York, NY
Lincoln Center Avery Fisher Hall, Mainlanded, New York, NY
SoHo Photo, Double Exposure, New York, NY
Minnesota Center for Photography, ASMP Personal Work, Minneapolis
Intermedia Arts, Flaming Film Festival, Minneapolis, MN
Minnetonka Center for the Arts, Photo Exhibition 2001, Wayzata, MN
Intermedia Arts, 55408, Minneapolis, MN
Calhoun Gallery, Visual Language, Minneapolis, MN