Born and raised in Shanghai, Shen Wei is an artist based in New York City. His work has been exhibited internationally, with venues including the Museum of the City of New York, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Moscow Museum of Modern Art, and the Liu Haisu Art Museum in Shanghai. His work has been featured in publications such as The New Yorker, Aperture, ARTnews, GQ China, American Photo, and Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.
Shen Wei's work is included in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA), the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the J. Paul Getty Museum, the Museum of Contemporary Photography, the Library of Congress, the Carnegie Museum of Art, the Museum of Chinese in America, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund and the Kinsey Institute.
Shen Wei is a recipient of the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center Arts Residency, the Asian Cultural Council Arts & Religion Fellowship, and the Urban Artist Initiative NYC Fellowship. He holds an MFA in photography, video, and related media from the School of Visual Arts, New York; and a BFA in photography from Minneapolis College of Art and Design.
2015 Flowers Gallery, Invisible Atlas, New York, NY
2014 H Gallery, I Miss You Already, Bangkok, Thailand
2013 L.A. Galerie, Chinese Sentiment, Frankfurt, Germany
2012 Daniel Cooney Fine Art, I Miss You Already, New York, NY
2012 Light Work, I Miss You Already, Syracuse, NY
2012 epSITE Epson Imaging Gallery, Chinese Sentiment, Shanghai, China
2012 Monika Olko Gallery, Chinese Sentiment, Sag Harbor, NY
2011 Daniel Cooney Fine Art, Chinese Sentiment, New York, NY
2011 The Art Institute of Boston, Chinese Sentiment, Boston, MA
2011 Lumenvisum Gallery, Chinese Sentiment, Hong Kong, China
2011 Gallery 456, Almost Naked, New York, NY
2009 Randall Scott Gallery, Almost Naked, New York, NY
2008 Kunst.Licht Gallery, Almost Naked, Shanghai, China
2008 Gallery 456, Concubines of New York, New York, NY
2006 Elkins Gallery at Temple University, Almost Naked, Philadelphia, PA
2003 TIXE Gallery, Portraits by Shen Wei, New York, NY
Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA
J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, CA
He Xiangning Art Museum, Shenzhen, China
Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA
Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, IL
The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota, FL
Museum of Chinese in America, New York, NY
Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, FL
Library of Congress, Washington D.C.
North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, NC
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
United Airlines Corporate Collection, Chicago, IL
Target Corporate Collection, Minneapolis, MN
Agnes Gund Collection, New York, NY
John J. Studzinski Collection, New York / London
Allen G. Thomas Jr. Collection, Wilson, NC
Jonathan F. Fanton Collection, New York, NY
William K. Zewadski Collection, Tampa, FL
2006 School of Visual Arts, New York, NY - MFA, Photography, Video and Related Media.
2003 Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Minneapolis, MN - BFA, Photography
1998 Shanghai Institute of Technology, Shanghai, China - Graphic Design
Selected Group Exhibitions:
2016 Ringling Museum of Art, Exposure: Naked before the Lens, Sarasota, FL
2015 North Carolina Museum of Art, Private Eye, Raleigh, NC
2015 La Triennale di Milano, Arts & Foods. Rituals since 1851. Milan, Italy
2015 Langenzersdorf Museum, Still, Langenzersdorf, Austria
2015 Museum of Fine Arts, Five Decades of Photography at MFA, St. Petersburg, FL
2015 Foto-Forum Galerie, La natura morta nella fotografia contemporanea, Bolzano, Italy
2015 Haus der Kunst, Still, Baden, Austria
2015 Niederösterreich Gesellschaft für Kunst und Kultur, Still, St. Pölten, Austria
2015 Museum Orth, Still, Orth, Austria
2015 Soo Visual Arts Center, Exploring Art Patronage, Minneapolis, MN
2015 CCI Fabrica, Reminder Function, Moscow, Russia
2015 Format International Photography Festival, Contemporary Photobooks from China, Derby, UK
2015 Flowers Gallery London Cork Street, Small is Beautiful, London, UK
2014 Flowers Gallery, Small is Beautiful, New York, NY
2014 Sanlitun Village, Beijing, China, 2014 Get It Louder Biennial, Beijing, China
2014 Flowers Gallery, Interiors, New York, NY
2014 VanDernoot Gallery - Lesley University, Visible Soul, Cambridge, MA
2014 Art Cologne, With L.A. Galerie Lothar Albrecht, Cologne, Germany
2014 JustMad5, With Moproo Gallery, Madrid, Spain
2014 Flanders Gallery, Frames per Second, Raleigh, NC
2013 The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Making Pictures of People, Kansas City, MO
2013 Moscow Museum of Modern Art. Between Image and Personality. Moscow, Russia
2013 He Xiangning Art Museum, Local Future, Shenzhen, China
2013 Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, Recent Acquisitions: Prints, Drawings, and Photographs, FL
2013 Flowers Gallery. Under My Skin: Contemporary Nudes. New York, NY
2013 Ningbo Museum of Art, Austrian Contemporary Art made in China, Ningbo, China
2013 Space Station, Bare Life, Beijing, China
2013 Turchin Center for the Visual Arts. Men Working: The Collection of Allen Thomas. Boone, NC
2013 The Kinsey Institute, Face Value: Portraits from The Kinsey Institute, Bloomington, IN
2013 Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery Los Angeles, Size really Does Matter, Los Angeles, CA
2013 School of The International Center of Photography, Stories in the Social Landscape, New York, NY
2013 Noorderlicht International Photofestival, Asian Photography of Global Stature, Groningen, The Netherlands
2013 Krasnoyarsk International Media Art Festival, Now & After, Krasnoyarsk, Russia
2013 Sheppard Contemporary, Refigured, University Of Nevada, Reno, NV
2013 Lishui International Photo Festival, Lishui, Zhejiang Province, China
2013 Wasserman Project, Summer Group Show, Birmingham, MI
2013 Moproo Gallery, Summer in the City, Shanghai, China
2012 Philadelphia Museum of Art, PMA Photography Portfolio 2012, Philadelphia, PA
2012 Southeast Museum of Photography, Anthology 2012: Contemporary Photography, Daytona Beach, FL
2012 Liu Haisu Art Museum, Hong Kong and One World, Shanghai, China
2012 Daegu Biennale, Special Exhibition: Repositioned Personal, Daegu, Korea
2012 Moproo Gallery, My Own Private Space, Shanghai, China
2012 Technopolis City of Athens, Athens Photo Festival 2012, Athens, Greece
2012 ArtScience Museum at Marina Bay Sands, Singapore International Photography Festival, Singapore
2012 Austro Sino Arts Program, Left and Right, Beijing, China
2012 Bruce Silverstein Gallery, 29x29, New York, NY
2011 Museum of the City of New York, Movable Feast, New York, NY
2011 Harn Museum of Art, Highlights from the Asian Collection, Gainesville, Florida
2011 Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery at Haverford College, Through the Plain Camera, Haverford, PA
2011 Noorderlicht Photofestival 2011, Metropolis: City Life in the Urban Age, Groningen, The Netherlands
2011 White Space Gallery, Kunst.Licht Photo Art Gallery in Beijing, Beijing, China
2011 Stacion Center for Contemporary Art Prishtina, I have also other favorites, Prishtina, Kosova
2011 SH Contemporary 2011, Chinese Sentiment/Almost Naked for Kunst.Licht, Shanghai, China
2011 Australia Center for Photography, 100 Portraits, Sydney, Australia
2011 EPSON epSITE Gallery, Faces of Life, Shanghai, China
2011 DOB Hualamphong Gallery, Human/Time/Space, Bangkok, Thailand
2010 Museum of Central Academy of Fine Arts, Faces of Life, Beijing, China
2010 Flanders Art Gallery, Open Season, Raleigh, NC
2010 The Kinsey Institute Gallery, Nature & Nurture, Bloomington, IN
2010 Daniel Cooney Fine Art, Self Exposure, New York, NY
2010 Corcoran Gallery of Art,100 Portraits at, Washington D.C.
2010 The Arts Council of Wilson, From The Collection of Allen Thomas, Jr., NC
2010 Gallery at the Gershwin, Longing alive and well, New York, NY
2010 Galleria Contemporaneo, Global Photography, Venice, Italy.
2009 Savignano Immagini La Fotografia, Global Photography, Savignano, Italy
2009 J&Z Gallery, Portraits of the Youth, Shenzhen, China
2009 Phil. Gallery, Inside of Me, Los Angeles, CA
2009 T&P Fine Art, Focus, Philadelphia, PA
2008 Michael Mazzeo Gallery, Bare, New York, NY
2008 Pingyao International Photography Festival, Gazing China, Pingyao, Shanxi Province, China
2008 The University of Arts. Best of Show. Philadelphia, PA
2008 Lianzhou International Photo Festival, Lianzhou, Almost Naked, Guangdong Province, China
2008 Australian Centre for Photography, Hijacked, Sydney, Australia.
2008 Shanghai International Photo Exhibition, SongJiang Art Museum, Almost Naked, Shanghai, China
2008 Katzen Art Center, The Washington Project for the Arts, Washington DC
2008 Deutsche Bank Gallery, Dare to Struggle, Dare to Win, New York, NY
2008 Foto Freo, Hijacked, Fremantle, WA, Australia
2008 Fluctuating Images, Hijacked, Stuttgart, Germany
2008 Randall Scott Gallery, Eight, Washington D.C.
2008 Silver Eye Center for Photography, Almost Naked, Pittsburgh, PA
2007 Randall Scott Gallery for the Aqua Art Miami, Miami, FL
2007 Saatchi Gallery for the Zoo Art Fair, Royal Academy of Arts, London, UK
2007 Griffin Museum of Photography, 13th Annual Exhibition, Winchester, MA
2007 ZONE: Chelsea Center for the Arts, U Can't Touch Dis, New York, NY
2007 Jen Bekman Gallery, A New American Portrait, New York, NY
2007 Gallery 456, China on Paper: Eroticsim, New York, NY
2007 Tianqing Art Center, Picturing Chinese Opera, Shanghai, China
2006 Jen Bekman Gallery, Hey Hot Shot, New York, NY
2006 Center on Contemporary Art, 2006 CoCA Annual, Seattle, WA
2006 Contemporary Project Space, Variety, New York, NY
2006 Dougherty Art Center, TPS15, Austin, TX
2006 3rdWard Gallery, Strange Instrument, Brooklyn, NY
2006 Visual Arts Gallery, Early Work, New York, NY
2005 Lincoln Center Avery Fisher Hall, Obsession, New York, NY
2004 Lincoln Center Avery Fisher Hall, Mainlanded, New York, NY
2003 SoHo Photo, Double Exposure, New York, NY
2002 Minnesota Center for Photography, ASMP Personal Work Show, Minneapolis
2002 Intermedia Arts, Flaming Film Festival, Minneapolis, MN
2001 Minnetonka Center for the Arts, Photo Exhibition 2001, Wayzata, MN
2000 Calhoun Gallery, Visual Language, Minneapolis, MN
Awards & Residencies:
2015 The Studios of Key West, Artist-in-Residency
2014 Hong Kong Design Institute, Visiting Fellow
2012 Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2012 Photography Portfolio Competition Winner
2012 Asian Cultural Council, Asian Art and Religion Fellowship
2010 Light Work, Artist-in-Residency, Syracuse, NY
2009 Rockfeller Foundation Bellagio Center, Creative Artist Residency, Italy
2009 New York Photo Festival, Best Book Nominee
2008 Urban Artist Initiative / New York City Fellowship
2008 Photo District News, PDN30
2008 China Pingyao International Photography Festival, Excellent Photographer Award
2008 Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Manhattan Community Arts Fund
2008 Santa Fe Photo Prize, Nominee
2007The Griffin Museum of Photography, The Griffin Award
2007 Magenta Foundation , Flash Forward 2007, Winner
2007 Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Manhattan Community Arts Fund
2007 Photo District News (PDN) Annual
2006 Santa Fe Center for Photography, Review Santa Fe
2006 Photo District News, Photo Annual
2003 Photographer’s Forum, Photo Annual
2003 CMYK, Photo Annual
Monographs & Book Features:
2014 The Nude in Photography. J. Paul Getty Museum. Los Angeles, CA. Martineau, Paul.
2014 The Opera Vol. III. Verber Verlag. Bielefeld, Germany. Straub, Matthias.
2014 Photographer’s Playbook. Aperture Foundation. New York, NY. Fulford. Halpern.
2013 Still Life (Limited Edition Monograph). All Saints Press. Innsbruck, Austria. Weiermair, Peter.
2013 The Naked & The Nude. Photoinstitut Bonartes. Vienna, Austria.
2013 Contatti. Postcart srl. Rome, Italy. De Gasperis, Giammaria.
2012 Lens Plus. Shanghai Cultural Publishing House. Shanghai, China. Gang, Wang.
2012 Contact Sheet 169 – Shen Wei. Light Work. Syracuse, NY.
2011 Chinese Sentiment. (Monograph). Charles Lane Press. New York, NY.
2011 Metropolis: City Life in the Urban Age. Noorderlicht. The Netherlands.
2009 Global Photography: Looking at / looking for. Pazzini Editore. Italy.
2009 Energia: Umanita = Futuro: Ambiente. Terna. Italy.
2009 Almost Naked (Limited Edition Monograph). Xing Biao Press. Shanghai, China.
2008 Hijacked: Australia and American Photography. Big City Press. Sydney, Australia.
2007 Flash Forward. Magenta Foundation. Canada.
Lecture and Artist Talk:
Aperture Foundation, New York, NY
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
Hong Kong Design Institute, Hong Kong
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
Three Shadows Photography Art Center, Beijing, China
Press & Publications:
Travel+Leisure. "The Stories Behind Some of Last Year's Most Iconic Travel Photos." May, 2016. Wisniewski.
Rai News. "Punctum - Il mondo di Shen Wei." Feb. 25, 2015. Bolzani, Cristina.
EXIT Image & Culture. “Desnudos: Nudes.” April, 2014. Madrid, Spain.
Tampa Bay Times. “Review: Gems to discover among Museum of Fine Arts’ recent acquisitions.” Jan. 13, 2014. Bennett, Lennie
Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. “Fremde und vertraute chinesische Gefuhle.” Jan. 8, 2014. Schutte, Christoph.
Frankfurter Rundschau, “Unangetastetes China.” Dec. 23, 2013.
Frankfurter Neue Presse. “Momente zwischen Aufbruch und Abbruch.” Dec. 10, 2013. Derouiche, Gabriele.
Junhong Fortune. “Erotica and Innocence.” November, 2013. Zhang, Wenyi.
Time Out New York. “Under My Skin: Nudes in Contemporary Photography.” August 24, 2013
GQ China. “Feature: Shen Wei - Upright in the Fog.” April, 2013. Xiaosong, Tang.
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. "Special Feature: 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.