Wu Jian’an was born in Beijing in 1980. He currently lives and works in Beijing as a professor, Vice President and M.A. student Supervisor at the School of Experimental Art, Central Academy of Fine Arts, he is also a researcher at the Chinese Arts and Crafts Institute, and a Member of Academic Committee of Prince Gung’s Palace Museum, under the China Ministry of Culture and Tourism, Vice Director of Collaborative Innovation Committee of Traditional Technology of China National Arts & Crafts Society, and sits on the academic board of Beijing Zoo.
As Professor Wu Hong from the University of Chicago said, “Wu Jian’an’s imagination has always operated simultaneously in multiple dimensions. Likewise, his works
simultaneously expand the viewer’s artistic imagination in various directions. He travels between words and images while adding a layer of storytelling above figuration and abstraction. He introduces sound and performance to break away from mere visuals and viewing. He freely traverses temporal divides, instantaneously taking viewers from today’s world back to mysterious primeval times. His art spans various media and styles: painting, sculpture, paper cut, and installation, all of which provide him with a varied vocabulary yet also arouse his desire to cross boundaries – to integrate, transgress and disarrange.”
In 2017, Wu Jian’an represented China in the 57th Venice Biennale. In recent years, Wu’s art works have attended Live and Let Live: Creators of Tomorrow—The 4th Fukuoka Asian Art Triennale (Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, Fukuoka, Japan, 2009), Mind in Landscape (The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington DC, USA, 2011), ALLES UNTER DEM HIMMEL GEHORT ALLEN, Chinese Public Art in Kassel (Kassel, Germany, 2012), Cosmos (Shanghai 21st Century Minsheng Art Museum, Shanghai, China, 2014), The Carolyn Hsu and René Balcer Collection: Exploring Three Decades of Contemporary Chinese Art (Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, USA, 2015), Lunar New Year：The Year of the Monkey (Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City, USA, 2016), Serpenti Form (Art Science Museum, Singapore, Singapore; Mori Art Gallery, Tokyo, Japan, 2017),Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennial 2018 (the 7th Echigo-Tsumari, Japan, 2018), Art and Archaeology (Naples National Archaeological Museum, Italy, 2019), etc. He has held several solo exhibitions in Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong and New York City. Credited for the far-reaching impact of his artistic practice, wu received the 2020 Robb Report Best of the Best Awards for
Artist and the 2018 Perspective 40 Under 40 Awards for Artist, and several other art awards bestowed by influential medias and institutes. Wu’s art works are in the permeant collection of Museum of Fine Art, Boston, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Berkley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive, Cornell University Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Oscar Niemeyer Museum, Central Academy of Fine Arts Museum, Beijing Minsheng Art Museum and Asia Art Archives, Shenzhen Chen Yidan Charity Foundation, etc.