Born in 1978 in Tongjiang, Sichuan, China
Lives and works in Beijing, China

CHEN Ke

Chen Ke was born in Tongjiang, Sichuan in 1978 and currently lives and works in Beijing. She obtained a BA from the Oil Painting Department of Sichuan Academy of Fine Arts in 2002 and an MFA in 2005 from the same faculty. Chen Ke launched her career in Beijing after graduating from Sichuan Fine Arts Institute. Since 2012, she began to use the real figures in historical images as the object of description. From Frieda to Monroe, she expresses her feelings in real life through the interpretation of these characters, especially the situation of women in society, and the experience of time and life. In her solo exhibition “The Real Deal is Talking with Dad” at Yuz Museum (Shanghai, China, 2018), through a series of mixed media paintings and installations inspired by the daily talk with the artist’s father, Chen Ke discussed the subjects of youth, personality and family. Her work is widely collected by individuals, enterprises and museums like Franks-Suss Collection (London, U.K.), BSI Art Collection (Lugano Switzerland), Uli Sigg Collection (Switzerland), White Rabbit Collection (Sydney, Australia), Long Museum (Shanghai, China), Yuz Museum (Shanghai, China), Shenzhen Art Museum (Shenzhen, China) as well as Minsheng Art Museum (Shanghai, China), among others.
 

education

2005
- Graduated with MFA from the Sichuan Academy of Fine Arts, Sichuan, China

solo shows

2020
- The Unknown Woman Artist, CNCNM, Beijing, China

2018-2019
- The Real Deal Is Talking with Dad, YUZ Museum, Shanghai, China

2016
- Dream·Dew, Galerie Perrotin, Hong Kong

2015
- Cover: Recent Works by Chen Ke, Star Gallery, Beijing, China

2013
- The first Art Basel Hong Kong: Frida•A Woman-Chen Ke, Hong Kong Convention
and Exhibition Centre, Hong Kong

2012
- With “You”, I Will Never Feel Lonely, Today Art Museum, Beijing, China

2010
- Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World, Star Gallery, Beijing, China

2009
- Another Me in the World, Kunsthaus Viernheim, Viernheim, Germany

2008
- Personal War, Star Gallery, Beijing, China

2007
- With You, I Will Never Feel Lonely, Star Gallery, Beijing, China; Marella Gallery, Milan, Italy

group shows

2020
- For the Children, Long Museum West Bund, Shanghai, China

2019
- I LOVE BEIJING NEW WAVE, Star Gallery, Beijing, China

2018
- The Fiftieth Exhibition: Five Years in Qikeshu, Star Gallery, Beijing, China
- Suddenly Its Summer, Star Gallery, Beijing, China
- It's Me? — Application of DNA Test in a Contemporary Art Exhibition, Themed Art Exhibition of 2018 Shaoxing International Cultural Industries Forum, Ahn Luh Lanting, Shaoxing, China
- Keep Walking, Lal Lal Estate, Melbourne, Australia

2017
Reading the Raindrops — The Western China Artists Documenta, Moca Yinchuan Gallery, Yinchuan,  China
Osmosis-Symbiosis: Localizational Practices of Contemporary Art in China, Museum of Shanghai Oil Painting & Sculpture Institute, Shanghai, China

2016
- Chinese Whispers: Recent Art from the Sigg & M+ Sigg Collections, Kunstmuseum Bern, Bern, Switzerland

2015
- The Story of Painting: Inaugural Exhibition of Ginkgo Art Center, Ginkgo Art Center, Beijing, China
- As Far as We See: Chinese New Painting at Post Financial Crisis Era, A Beautiful New World: The 2nd Nanjing International Art Festival, Nanjing International Exhibition Center, Nanjing, Jiangsu, China
- It’s Not Right But It’s Okay, UCCASTORE, Beijing, China
- Within Sight: Chinese New Painting at Post Financial Crisis Era, Ploy Gallery, Hong Kong; Foundation Taylor, Paris, France
- Inspired by Fashion: An Exhibition of Art and Fashion Crossover Pieces, Poly Gallery, Hong Kong

2014
- Within Sight: Chinese New Painting at Post Financial Crisis Era, Poly Art Museum, Beijing, China
- By the name of Dayliness: Chinese contemporary art everyday discourse and generate ideas, Blue roof art museum, Chengdu, China
- Re-View: Opening Exhibition of Long Museum West Bund, Long Museum West Bund, Shanghai, China
- Uneasy Trip in Asia 2014, Star Gallery, Beijing, China

2013
- Criss-Cross: Artworks of Young Chinese Contemporary Artists from Long Collection, Long Museum, Shanghai, China
- Portrait of the Times: 30 Years of Chinese Contemporary Art, Power Station of Art, Shanghai, China
- Uneasy Trip in Asia IV, Poly Gallery, Hong Kong
- Portrait of the Times: 30 Years of Chinese Contemporary Art, Power Station of Art, Shanghai, China
- Uneasy Trip in Asia III, CANS Tea&Books House, Taipei
- Uneasy Trip in Asia I, Star Gallery, Beijing, China
- MIRROR AND SHADOW, National Gallery of Indonesia, Jakarta, Indonesia

2012
- Spin: the First Decade of New Century, Today Art Museum, Beijing, China
- After Deliverance, 798 Space, Beijing, China
- Face, Minsheng Art Museum, Shanghai, China

2011
- Shanshui: Poetry without Sound? Landscape in Chinese Contemporary Art -
- Works from Sigg Collection, Kunstmuseum Lucerne, Lucerne, Switzerland Day Break, Arario Gallery, Cheonan,Korea

2010
- Self-Image: Interpreting A Perspective of Chinese Woman Art in the 20th Century, CAFA Art Museum, Beijing, China
- Writing: the 1st Nanjing Biennial, Jiangsu Provincial Art Museum, Nanjing, China
- The Franks-Suss Collection, The Saatchi Gallery, London, UK
- Thirty Years of Chinese Contemporary Art: Painting 1979-2009, Minsheng Art Museum, Shanghai, China
- RESHAPING HISTORY China Art from 2000 to 2009, China National Convention Center (CNCC), Beijing, China
- Modern Mirror, Michael Ku Gallery, Taipei

2009
- China: The Contemporary Rebirth, Palazzo Reale, Milan, Italy
- The Kingdom of Denmark Paradise Lost, F.FINE Gallery, Beijing, China
- Biochemistry- Between the True and the False: 2009 Animation Biennale
- Exhibition, Today Art Museum, Beijing, China

2008
- Couples in Contemporary Art, Shanghai Museum of Contemporary Art, Shanghai, China
- Looking for Me, Minsheng Art Museum, Shanghai
- China MoCA Envisage II - Butterfly Dream,Shanghai Museum of Contemporary Art, Shanghai, China
- Facing Reality-Selection of Chinese Contemporary Art, National Art Museum of China, Beijing, China
- Free Zone: China-An exhibition of Contemporary Chinese Art, Spazio in BSI bank, Lugano, Switzerland
- Enclave: New Contemporary Chinese Painting, Sifang Contemporary Art Museum, Nanjing, China

2007
- China - Facing Reality, Museum Moderner Kunst stiftung Ludwig wien, Vienna, Austria
- Your View, My Story, Berlin, Germany
- Chen Ke, Wei Jia, Li Jikai, Thomas Erben Gallery, New York, USA
- Floating- New Generation of Art in China, Doart Co., Seoul, Korea
- Starting from the Southwest: Exhibition of Contemporary Art in Southwest of China, Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou, China
- Generation Sweet and Sour: Chinese new Art, Mannheimer Kunstverein, Mannheimer, Germany

2006
- Naughty Kids, Star Gallery, Beijing, China
- The Originals: New Aesthetics of Animation, Shanghai Museum of Contemporary Art, Shanghai, China
- Beyond Experience: New China, Arario Gallery, Beijing, China
- New Interface: Contemporary Art Exhibition, Liu Haisu Art Museum& Red Bridge Gallery, Shanghai, China
- Surpassing Boundaries: New Chinese Painting, Xifang Art Museum, Nanjing, China

2005
- Next Station, Cartoon? He Xiangning Art Museum, Shenzhen, China; Star Gallery, Beijing, China
- Archaeology of the Future: the Second Triennial of Chinese Art, Nanjing Museum, Nanjing, China
- The 2nd Chengdu Biennial Landscapes: the "Century" and the "Paradise", Chengdu, China
- The Self - Made Generation: A Retrospective of New Chinese Painting, Shanghai Zendai Museum of Modern Art, Shanghai, China
- Making Clouds with One Hand and Rain with the Other, TS1 Contemporary Art Center New Works Exhibition, The One Club, Beijing

public collections

- The Sigg Collection, Switzerland
- The Franks-Suss Collection, UK
- BSI Art Foundation, Switzerland
- Lorenzo Sassoli de Bianchi, Italy
- Yuz Museum, China
- Long Museum, China
- White Rabbit Collection, Australia
- Minsheng Art Museum, China
- Shenzhen Art Museum, China
 

Publications

2016
- A Woman, New Star Press, Beijing, China
- Cover: Recent Works by Chen Ke, Star Gallery, Beijing, China

2012
- After Deliverance, Star Gallery, Beijing, China
- With You, I Will Never Feel Lonely, China Youth Press, Beijing, China
- Face, Minsheng Art Museum, Shanghai, China

2011
- Shanshui: Landscape in Contemporary Chinese Art (Contemporary Works from the Sigg Collection), Kunstmuseum Lucerne, Lucerne, Switzerland

2010
- Self-Image: Interpreting A Perspective of Chinese Woman Art In The 20th Century, Lingnan Arts Publishing House, Guangzhou, China
- Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World, Star Gallery, Beijing, China

2009
- Chen Ke, Kehrer Verlag, Heidelberg, Berlin, Germany

2008
- Personal War, Star Gallery, Beijing, China
- Looking for Me, Star Gallery, Beijing, China
- Time–lag, the new force of Chinese contemporary art, Magee Gallery, Madrid,
Spain
- Deep Breath -19 Samples of Chinese Contemporary Female Artists, Shanghai, China
- AVATARS AND ANTIHEROES—A GUIDE TO CONTEMPORARY CHINESE ARTISTS,
- Kodansha International Ltd, Tokyo, Japan
- Young Chinese Artist-the next generation, Prestel, Germany

2007
- With You, I Will Never Feel Lonely, Star Gallery, Beijing, China
- Generation Sweet and Sour- Chinese new Art, Mannheimer Kunstverein, Mannheimer, Germany
- China- Facing Reality, Museum Moderner Kunst stiftung Ludwig wien, Vienna, Austria
- Floating- New Generation of Art in China, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul, Korea

2006
- Naughty kids-The Chinese New Generation Born After 1970, Star Gallery, Beijing, China
- Fancy.Dream, DAMIANI Press
- Beyond Dimension-Chinese New Painting, Hubei Fine Arts Publishing House, Changsha, China

2005
- Next Station, Cartoon?, Star Gallery, Beijing, China
- Archaeology of the Future- the Second Triennial of Chinese Art, Hubei Fine Arts Publishing House, Wuhan, China
- NEW VISION NEW FACE—Young Artists in the Chengdu Biennial, Hebei Fine Arts
- Publishing House, Shijiazhuang, China

2001
- Yangban Model Art in China-2001 Chengdu Biennial, Sichuan Fine Arts
- Publishing House, Chengdu, China