Born in 1984 in Jiangxi, China
Lives and works in Shanghai, China

NI Youyu

L’oeuvre de Ni Youyu suscite souvent une illusion spatiale et temporelle : le public peut avoir du mal, à première vue, à déterminer l’âge de l’artiste et la date de ses œuvres. Ni Youyu semble déterminé à éviter les marques temporelles dans son oeuvre, en conférant une dimension abstraite à ses créations. Il affirme qu’il n’est pas amateur du “conceptuel”, hésitant même à qualifier son oeuvre comme appartenant à “l’art contemporain”. Depuis maintenant de nombreuses années, l’artiste travaille à contre-courant, faisant même appel à une technique rudimentaire. Beaucoup de ses oeuvres nécessitent un long processus, durant parfois plusieurs années, et traversent un certain degré d'incertitude entre l’élaboration et l'achèvement. Il lui est par conséquent impossible de créer sur commande à la manière des artisans, ou encore difficile de produire des oeuvres sur un thème imposé par une exposition à la manière d’un artiste moderne.

education

2007
- Graduated from Fine Art College of Shanghai University

solo shows

2019
- The Last Sunset, Galerie Perrotin, Shanghai, China
- ∞, Yuz Museum, Shanghai, China

2018
- Relic, Contemporary Fine Arts, Berlin, Germany
- Ni Youyu:Dust Paintings, Orange County Museum of Art, California, USA
- So Near Yet So Far, Galerie Perrotin, Hong Kong, China

2017
- The Endless Second, Gallery Nathalie Obadia, Paris, France
- Concrete Waterfall, Kunstverein Konstanz, Konstanz, Germany

2016
- Big Dipper, Contemporary Fine Arts, Berlin, Germany

2015 
- Constant dripping wears away a stone, MOCA Taipei, Taipei, Chinese Taiwan
- Invisible Force, Arario Gallery, Shanghai, China

2014
- Inches of Time, Art Museum of Nanjing University of the Arts, Nanjing, China

2013
- Form and Matter, Hive Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing, China
- Zilch – Ni Youyu Independent Project, Department for Culture and Education of the German Consulate – General in Shanghai, 9m2 Museum Project Space, Shanghai, China

2012
- A Brief History, Shanghai Art Museum, Shanghai, China
 

group shows

2020
- In Front of the Sea, Passerelle Centre d'art contemporain, Brest, France
- Facing the Collector: The Sigg Collection of Contemporary Art form China, Castello di Rivoli Museum of Contemporary Art, Turin, Italy
- Out of the Shadows: Contemporary Chinese Photography, Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego, USA

2019
- The Museum Collection, Brooklyn Museum, New York, USA
- Uncompleted, Sifang Art Museum, Nanjing, China
- Chinese Whispers: Recent Art from the Sigg Collection, Austrian Museum of Applied Arts / Contemporary Art, Vienna, Austria
- Ghisla Art Collection Season 2019, Locarno, Switzerland
- Roots of Clouds Adrift: Temporality - OCAT Nanjing Qixia Public Art Project 2019, OCAT Nanjing, Nanjing, China
- THE CITY PLAN OF NANKING, Sifang Art Museum, Nanjing, China
- Do you Copy, MoCA Shanghai, Shanghai, China 

2018
- After Sunset, Galerie Liusa Wang, Paris, France
- A Chinese Journey - The Sigg Collection, Noordbrabandts Museum, Hertogenbosh Holland
- Into the Great Wide Open, 166 Artspace, Shanghai, China
- Post-Brushwork Era: Chinese Landscapes, Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou, China

2017
- Shanghai Galaxy II, Yuz Museum, Shanghai, China
- The Weight of Lightness, M+ Museum, Hong Kong
- 4th Documentary Exhibition of Fine Arts: Stress Field, Hubei Museum of Art, Wuhan, China
- Ritual Spirit, White Rabbit Gallery, Sydney, Australia 
- Collage: The Cards Players, Shanghai Gallery of Art, Shanghai, China
- All happens after sunset…, MOCA Shanghai Pavilion, Shanghai, China
- The Blues, 166 Artspace, Shanghai, China
- Shanghai Black and White, 166 Artspace, Shanghai, China

2016
- An Atlas of Mirrors, The 5th Singapore Biennale, Singapore Art Museum, Singapore
- Painting as Strait Gate, Hive Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing, China 
- Nature: A Subjective Place, Shanghai Center Of Photography, Shanghai, China
- Chinese Whispers, Kunstmuseum Bern, Bern, Switzerland
- Ink Remix: Contemporary art from China, Taiwan and Hong Kong, UNSW Galleries, Sydney, Australia
- Over the Wall: Paintings Tempted by Installation, Tang Contemporary Art, Beijing, China
- New Capital, Museum of Contemporary Art Chengdu, Chengdu, China
- Everyday Legend, Shanghai Minsheng Art Museum, Shanghai, China
- Temporary Museum, Museum of College of Fine Arts, Shanghai University, Shanghai, China
- The Decameron – BMCA Documenting Art, Blue Mountain Contemporary Art, Caochangdi Art Village, Beijing, China

2015
- Copyleft, Power Station of Art, Shanghai, China
- Ink Remix: Contemporary art from China, Taiwan and Hong Kong, Canberra Museum, Canberra, Australia
- Harmony and Transition – Reflecting Chinese Landscape, Museum Marta Herford, Herford, German
- The Garden of Forking Paths – Tracks and Intersections of 15 Artists, Shanghai Gallery of Art, Shanghai, China
- Editing the Spectacle: the Individual and Working Methods Post – Mediatization, Hive Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing, China
- Dunhuang – Song of Living Beings, Himalayas Museum, Shanghai, China
- Revolution in Tradition – China's Post-Ink Painting Era, Gallery Nathalie Obadia, Paris, France
- Overlay Image, Casa Dei Carraresi Museum, Treviso, Italy
- The 2nd “CAFAM Future” Exhibition: Observer – Creator, 798 Art Zone, Beijing, China
- Garden Splendors, Suzhou Jinji Lake Art Museum, Suzhou, China
- A Tale of Two Cities, Shanghai Duolun Museum of Modern Art, Shanghai, China

2014
- Outside The Lines – New Art From China, RH Contemporary Art, New York, USA
- Thinking of Landscape – Paintings from the Yeap Lam Yang Collection, Institute of Contemporary Arts Singapore, LASALLE College of the Arts, Singapore
- Confronting Anitya – Oriental Experience in Contemporary Art, Kunstraum Villa Friede, Bonn, Germany; Yuan Art Museum, Beijing, China; Kunstwerk Charlshuette, Buedelsdorf, Germany; Art Sanya 2014, Sanya, China
- Present-ing Recital Louder Than Pain, Shanghai Gallery of Art, Shanghai, China
- The Sociology of Oneself, Eslite Gallery, Taipei, Chinese Taiwan
- Broken·Stand - The New Painting to Order, Long museum, Shanghai, China
- John Moores New Painting Prize(China), Himalayas Art Museum, Shanghai, China
- Labor & Time, Chambers Fine Art Beijing, Beijing, China
- How Now 2014 – Silent Force, How Museum, Wenzhou, China
- On the Road 2014, Guan Shanyue Art Museum, Shenzhen, China
- Resolution, SVA – NYC Art Platform, Shanghai, China

2013 
- Painstaking Painting, "St. Moritz Art Masters" project space, St. Moritz, Switzerland
- Bidirectional Punctum: As an Entry Point of Representation, One Kind of Painting, Hive Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing, China
- The Moment, We Awe, Hakgojae Gallery, Seoul, Korea
- Seven sunsets, waiting dawns, all in one. How to kill a wondrous time ⋯ not wanting a thousand hours, Shanghai Gallery of Art, Shanghai, China
- The 6th Chengdu Biennale, New International Convention & Exposition Center Chengdu Century City, Chengdu, China
- Nature of Speed, Gallery EXIT, Hong Kong, China
- Break and Breathe – Hands On No.5, College of Fine Arts Shanghai University, Shanghai, China
- The 8th International Ink Art Biennale of Shenzhen, Guan Shanyue Art Museum, Shenzhen, China

2012
- Ctrl+N – The 9th Gwangju Biennale Special Exhibition, Gwangju Museum of Art, Gwangju, Korea
- The 1st "CAFAM Future" Exhibition Sub – Phenomena: Report on the State of Chinese Young Art Nomination, CAFA Art Museum, Beijing, China
- Sattva, Bogota Morden Art Museum, Bogota,Columbia; Wifredo Lam Museum, Havana, Cuba

2011
- ShanShui – Poetry without Sound, Contemporary Art from the Sigg Collect, Kunstmuseum Luzern, Luzern, Switzerland
- Magic Space, Today Art Museum, Beijing, China
- Learning Method – Hands On No.4, V Arts Centre Space1, Shanghai, China
- The End of the Brush and Ink Era: Chinese Landscape, True Color Museum, Suzhou, China
- Pattern – Encounter, Museum Of Unknown, Space Station, Beijing, China; Times Museum, Guangzhou, China
- Contemporary China, Wandesford Quay Gallery, Cork, Ireland
- Nature of Matter, East link Gallery, Shanghai, China

2010
- Big Draft – Shanghai, Contemporary Art from the Sigg Collection, Kunstmuseum Bern, Bern, Switzerland
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder(OCD) – Hands On No.3, DDM, Shanghai, China
- Reflection of Minds – MOCA Envisage Biennale, MOCA ShangHai, Shanghai, China
- John Moores New Painting Prize (China), Shanghai Gallery of Art, Shanghai, China
- Post Traditions, Shanghai Duolun Museum of Modern Art, Shanghai, China
- San Sheng Wan Wu – Inaugueation of the Exhibition of Zendai Contemporary Art Exhibition Hall, Zendai Contemporary Art Exhibition Hall, Shanghai, China
- There is nothing you can measure anymore, Aike Gallery, Shanghai, China
- Square, East link Gallery, Shanghai, China

2009
- Material Link – Technopolis, City of Athens, Athens, Greece
- Parallel – Hands On No.2, M50 Art District, Shanghai, China

2008
- Material Link – A Dialogue Between Greek and Chinese Artists, MOCA Shanghai, Shanghai, China; Greek State Museum of Contemporary Art, Thessaloniki, Greece

2006
- Lian Cheng Jue – Visual Creativity in New Urban, ZhenDai MOMA, Shanghai, China
- With the Way We Game – Hands On No.1, Bin Jiang Creative Enterprises Centre, Shanghai, China

public collections

- Ghisla Art Collection Foundation, Locarno, Switzerland
- Singapore Art Museum, Singapore
- M+ Museum, Hong Kong
- Brooklyn Museum, New York, USA
- me Collectors Room / Olbricht Collection, Berlin, Germany
- Arario Museum, Seoul / Jeju, South Korea
- Art Museum of Nanjing University of the Arts, Nanjing, China
- White Rabbit Gallery, Sydney, Australia
- DSL Collection, Paris, France
- Sigg Collection, Switzerland
- Rockbund Museum, Shanghai, China
- Yuz Museum, Shanghai, China
 

awards

2014
- Winner of "Best Young Artist" of Chinese Contemporary Art Awards (CCAA)

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