Chinese, b. 1968 Beijing, graduated from China Central Academy of Fine Art in 1993. Lives and works in Beijing.


Early in his career Zhang Jian was inspired by the Impressionists particularly Édouard Manet and the Russian Valentin Serov. Zhang Jian became fascinated with representations of sunlight and outdoor themes, striving to demonstrate introspective, calm and peaceful moments in everyday life. In the early 2000s Zhang Jian began to use photography as a starting point for his paintings and employed techniques of ‘flatness’ and blurred figuration in his work – evocative of the work of Gerhard Richter – that resulted in his HouhaiChang’an Avenue and Tiananmen series. Public spaces, linked with social history and each carrying special symbolic meaning, became the focus for many of his works. In recent years, his paintings have become more subjective and free – more expressionistic – creating a confusion of reality, dream and abstraction.


Zhang Jian has held solo shows in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Korea, Thailand and Germany and has participated in international group shows held in the Asian Art Museum, Louise Blouin Foundation and Fukuoka Asian Art Museum amongst others. His works can be found in the collections of the Folkwang Museum, Essen, Germany; the Guangdong Museum of Art; the Shanghai Art Museum and the Long Museum.