Born and raised in Shanghai, Shen Wei is a fine art photographer currently based in New York City. His work have been exhibited nationally and internationally, with venues including the Museum of the City of New York, Lincoln Center Avery Fisher Hall, the Harn Museum of Art, Southeast Museum of Photography and the CAFA Art Museum in Beijing. His photographs have been featured in publications such as The New Yorker, Aperture, ARTnews, PDN, American Photo, and Chinese Photography.
Shen Wei's work is included in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), Philadelphia Museum of Art, J. Paul Getty Museum, Museum of Contemporary Photography, Museum of Fine Arts St. Petersburg, Library of Congress, Carnegie Museum of Art, Museum of Chinese in America, Rockefeller Brothers Fund and Kinsey Institute.
Shen Wei is a recipient of the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center Arts Residency, the Asian Cultural Council Arts & Religion Fellowship, the Urban Artist Initiative NYC Fellowship, the Griffin Museum of Photography The Griffin Award, the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council arts grant, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art Photography Portfolio Competition winner.
Shen Wei 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 an AA in decorative arts from Shanghai Light Industry College.
Born 1977, Shanghai, China.
Lives and works in New York City and Shanghai.
Daniel Cooney Fine Art, I Miss You Already, New York, NY
Light Work, I Miss You Already, Syracuse, NY
epSITE Epson Imaging Gallery, Chinese Sentiment, Shanghai, China
Monika Olko Gallery, Chinese Sentiment, Sag Harbor, NY
Daniel Cooney Fine Art, Chinese Sentiment, New York, NY
The Art Institute of Boston, Chinese Sentiment, Boston, MA
Lumenvisum Gallery, Chinese Sentiment, Hong Kong, China
Gallery 456 / Chinese American Arts Council, Almost Naked, New York, NY
Randall Scott Gallery, Almost Naked, New York, NY
Kunst.Licht Gallery, Almost Naked, Shanghai, China
Gallery 456 / Chinese American Arts Council, Concubines of New York, New York, NY
Elkins Gallery at Temple University, Almost Naked, Philadelphia, PA
TIXE Gallery, Portraits by Shen Wei, New York, NY
Selected Group Exhibitions:
Moscow Museum of Modern Art, Between Image and Personality, Moscow, Russia
Space Station Gallery, Bare Life, Beijing, China
Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PMA Photography Portfolio 2012, Philadelphia, PA
Southeast Museum of Photography, Anthology 2012: Contemporary Photography, Daytona Beach, FL
Liu Haisu Art Museum, Hong Kong and One World, Shanghai, China
Daegu Biennale, Special Exhibition: Repositioned Personal, Daegu, Korea
Moproo Gallery, My Own Private Space, Shanghai, China
Technopolis City of Athens, Athens Photo Festival 2012, Athens, Greece
ArtScience Museum at Marina Bay Sands, Singapore International Photography Festival, Singapore
Austro Sino Arts Program, Left and Right, Beijing, China
Bruce Silverstein Gallery, 29x29, New York, NY
Museum of the City of New York, Movable 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: City Life in the Urban Age, Groningen, The Netherlands
White Space Gallery, Kunst.Licht Photo Art Gallery in Beijing, Beijing, China
Stacion Center for Contemporary Art Prishtina, I have also other favorites, Prishtina, Kosova
SH Contemporary 2011, Chinese Sentiment/Almost Naked for Kunst.Licht, Shanghai, China
Australia Center for Photography, 100 Portraits, Sydney, Australia
EPSON epSITE Gallery, Faces of Life, Shanghai, China
DOB Hualamphong Gallery, Human/Time/Space, Bangkok, Thailand
Museum of Central Academy of Fine Arts, Faces of Life, Beijing, China
Flanders Art Gallery, Open Season, Raleigh, NC
The Kinsey Institute Gallery, 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., NC
Gallery at the Gershwin, Longing alive and well, New York, NY
Galleria Contemporaneo, Global Photography, Venice, Italy.
Savignano Immagini La Fotografia, Global Photography, Savignano, Italy
J&Z Gallery, Portraits of the 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, Gazing China, Pingyao, Shanxi Province, China
The University of Arts. Best of Show. Philadelphia, PA
Lianzhou International Photo Festival, Lianzhou, Almost Naked, Guangdong Province, China
Australian Centre for Photography, Hijacked, Sydney, Australia.
Shanghai International Photo Exhibition, SongJiang Art Museum, Almost Naked, Shanghai, China
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
Randall Scott Gallery, Eight, Washington D.C.
Silver Eye Center for Photography, Almost Naked, Pittsburgh, PA
Randall Scott Gallery for the Aqua Art Miami, Miami, FL
Saatchi Gallery for the Zoo Art Fair, Royal Academy of Arts, London, UK
Griffin Museum of Photography, 13th 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
Jen Bekman Gallery, Hey Hot Shot, 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
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 Show, Minneapolis
Intermedia Arts, Flaming Film Festival, Minneapolis, MN
Minnetonka Center for the Arts, Photo Exhibition 2001, Wayzata, MN
Calhoun Gallery, Visual Language, Minneapolis, MN
2006 School of Visual Arts, New York, NY
MFA, Photography, Video and Related Media.
2003 Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Minneapolis, MN
1998 Shanghai Light-Industry College, Shanghai, China
AA, Decorative Art and Design
Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA
J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, CA
Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA
Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, IL
Museum of Chinese in America, New York, NY
Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, FL
Library of Congress, Washington D.C.
Florida Museum of Photographic Arts, Tampa, FL
Griffin Museum of Photography, Winchester, MA
Southeast Museum of photography, Daytona, FL
Harn Museum of Art, Gainesville, FL
Rockefeller Brothers Fund, New York, NY
C. V. Starr Foundation, New York, NY
Kinsey Institute, Indianapolis, IN
Light Work, Syracuse, NY
London Economics Corporate Collection, Toronto, Canada
United Airlines Corporate Collection, Chicago, IL
Target Corporate Collection, Minneapolis, MN
Allen G. Thomas Jr. Collection, Wilson, NC
Jonathan F. Fanton Collection, New York, NY
William K. Zawadski Collection, Tampa, FL
Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2012 Photography Portfolio Competition Winner
Asian Cultural Council, Asian Art and Religion Fellowship
Light Work, Artist-in-Residency, Syracuse, NY
Rockfeller Foundation Bellagio Center, Creative Artist Residency, Italy
New York Photo Festival, Best Book Nominee
Urban Artist Initiative / New York City Fellowship
Photo District News, PDN30
China Pingyao International Photography Festival, Excellent Photographer Award
Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Manhattan Community Arts Fund
Santa Fe Photo Prize, Nominee
The Griffin Museum of Photography, The Griffin Award
Magenta Foundation , Flash Forward 2007, Winner
Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Manhattan Community Arts Fund
Photo District News (PDN) Annual
Santa Fe Center for Photography, Review Santa Fe
Photo District News, Photo Annual
Photographer’s Forum, Photo Annual
CMYK, Photo Annual
Still Life. (Limited Edition). All Saints Press. Innsbruck, Austria. Weiermair, Peter.
The Naked & The Nude. Photoinstitut Bonartes. Vienna, Austria.
Contatti. Postcart srl. Rome, Italy. De Gasperis, Giammaria.
Contact Sheet 169 – Shen Wei. Light Work. Syracuse, NY.
Chinese Sentiment. (Monograph). Charles Lane Press. New York, NY.
Metropolis: City Life in the Urban Age. Noorderlicht. The Netherlands.
Almost Naked (Limited Edition). X/B Press. Shanghai, China.
Global Photography: Looking at / looking for. Pazzini Editore. Italy.
Energia: Umanita = Futuro: Ambiente. Terna. Italy.
Hijacked: Australia and American Photography. Big City Press. Sydney, Australia.
Flash Forward. Magenta Foundation. Canada.
Teaching and Lecture:
School of Visual Arts, New York, NY
Parsons The New Schools for Design, New York, NY
International Center of Photography, New York, NY
Art Institute of Boston, Cambridge, MA
Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY
Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles, CA
Hamilton College, Clinton, NY
Renmin University of China, Beijing, China
The University of Memphis, memphis, TN
Bayero University Kano, Nigeria
Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria
OfPix Foundation, Beijing, China
ARTnews. “Review: Shen Wei.” December, 2012. Kley, Elisabeth.
The New Yorker. “Goings On About Town Art: Shen Wei.” September 10, 2012. Aletti, Vince.
Time Out New York. “Picture Imperfect.” September 13, 2012.
China Photo Press. “Chinese Sentiment.” August, 2012. Wei, Jiang.
ARTnews. “Double Exposure.” May, 2012. Landi, Ann.
Pipeline. “Liberating Gentle Tease - Interview with Shen Wei.” May, 2012. Kozyreva, Cristina.
Grand Design. "Chinese Sentiment". July, 2012. Liyun, Liu.
Cocao Magazine. "Beloved, Stranger." Special Issue: New York. Chao, Bruce.
Life Magazine China. "Table Sentiment." November, 2011. Ling, Huchong; Wei, Jiang.
ArtScope. "Shen Wei: Chinese Sentiment." September/Pctober, 2011. Liu, Franklin W.
The Outlook Magazine. “Creative 100.” August, 2011. Amos.
Ming Magazine. “Shen Wei - Chinese Sentiment” July, 2011. Wei, Jiang.
The New Yorker. “Goings On About Town Art: Shen Wei.” June 6, 2011. Aletti, Vince.
The New Yorker. “Critic’s Notebook: Food for Thought.” May 23, 2011. Aletti, Vince.
Wall Street Journal. “Moveable Feast: Fresh Produce and NYC Green Cart Program.” May 7, 2011. Meyers, William.
Shanghai Photography, “Faces of Life – Contemporary Chinese Portraits.” May/June, 2011. Wei, Jiang.
Artinfo.com, “The Agenda: Chinese Sentiment - photographs by Shen Wei. ” April, 2011
Antiques and The Arts Weekly, “At Daniel Cooney, Solo Exhibit of Shen Wei’s Photographs.” April, 2011
Life Magazine (China) Special Edition, “Faces of Life.”. December, 2010. Jiang Wei.
Aperture, "The NYC Green Cart Photography Commission - Fresh Produce by Shen Wei." Winter, 2010.
The New Yorker, “Goings on About Town – Review: Sef Exposure”, July, 2010. Vince Aletti.
Life Magazine (China), “Shanghai Surprise.” June, 2010. Jiang Wei, Li Jingjing.
Photo World. “Making of the 1416 Workshop.” January 2010. Ren Yue.
Artforum. “Review: Portrait of the Youth”. June, 2009. Mathieu Borysevicz.
Art China. “Portrait of the Youth.” June, 2009. Azure Wu.
Life Magazine (China). "Almost Naked." June, 2009. Beibei Yin.
Travel+Leisure. "Modern Traveler: Shen Wei." March, 2009. Tao Zi.
Homeland. “Ten Minutes Interview: Shen Wei” February, 2009. Na Tsu.
Photo Art Asia. “Asian Artists in World Focuses: Shen Wei.” December, 2008. Joerg Colberg.
Photo Review. “The 2008 Photo Review Competition Winners.” December, 2008.
Zing Magazine. "Shen Wei Almost Naked." November 2008. Stella.
TimeOut Shanghai. “Shen Wei: The Bridge of Physical Nakedness.” October, 2008. Jay Hai.
NY Arts. “Shen Wei – Almost Naked.” March, 2008.
Vision. “Vision China: Almost Naked.” May, 2008. Chan Chan.
Life Element. “Almost Naked.” May, 2008. Meng Mate.
Photo District News. “30 New and Emerging Photographers to Watch in 2008.” March, 2008.
La Tempestad. "Almost Naked by Shen Wei." February, 2008.
Chinese Photography. "Atman, Introspection and Freedom, an interview with Shen Wei." February, 2008. Ren Yue.
Chinese Photography. "Behind Mask - About Shen Wei." February, 2008. Joreg Colberg.
China Photo Press. “Special Feature: Faces of 2007 in photography.” January 4, 2008.
Pics Magazine. "Shen Wei - Almost Naked." 2008
Art Times. "U Can't Touch Dis." September, 2007.
American Photo. "A New Generation of Photo Pioneers." November/December, 2007. Miki Johnson.
0086 Magazine. “Shen Wei Near Bareness.” DPecember, 2007. Jeuce Huang.
China Photo Press. "American Photo's 15 Emerging Artists." November 9, 2007. Zheng Lijun.
Saatchi News. "Shen Wei: Saatchi Online Critics' Choice." July 2, 2007. Aaron Schuman.
Wonkavision. "Feature Artist: Shen Wei." May, 2007. Chad Muthard.
JPG Magazine . "Photo Essay: Almost Naked by Shen Wei." March, 2007.
Shanghai Decor. "Oversea Express: Shen Wei." March, 2007.
China Press . "Concubines of New York captures the stories behind Chinese Opera ." March 10. 2007. William Yep.
World Journal . "Shen Wei photography on Chinese Opera." March 10, 2007. David Hsieh.
American Photo. "Images of the Year." Jan/Feb, 2007.
Sing Tao Daily. "Behind the Scene: Shen Wei's Concubines of New York." March. 7, 2007. Wu Gang.
Ming Pao Daily News. "Preview of Concubines of New York by Shen Wei." March 9, 2007. Eric Wang.
Ilterzoocchio. "Shen Wei: Nudi non solo." February 23, 2007.
Sing Tao Daily . "Shen Wei at Jen Bekman Gallery." December 14, 2006. Locus Chow.
Ming Pao Daily News. "Shen Wei's Photography." December 14. 2006. Yang Yang.
The Stranger. "In Art News." December 5, 2006. Jen Graves.
Texas Photographic Society. " Thoughts on the curating the "TPS 15." " August, 2006. Harris Fogel.
The New York Ilbo. "2006 Contemporary Project Space Show." September 11, 2006
Blueeyes Magazine. "Portfolio: Shen Wei." July, 2006.
Conscientious . "A Conversation with Shen Wei." June 6, 2006. Joerg Colberg.
World Journal. "Asian photography exhibition at Lincoln Center." August, 2005. David Hsieh.
Liberty Times. "The Obsession." July, 2005. Liu, Jie.
St. Paul Pioneer Press. "Stay Focused." September 5, 2004. Rhoda Fukushima.
IntermediaArts . "Flaming Film Festival." June, 2002.
St. Paul pioneer Press. "Two Roads Converge." July, 2004. Fukushima, Rhoda.