Sheng Qi

Sheng Qi is a Chinese performance artist and painter. He was one for the original founders of the Chinese performance art group, Concept 21. Sheng Qi is probably best known for his act of personal defiance following the events in Tiananmen Square in June 1989: he cut off the little finger of his left hand. Since then, he has incorporated the image and concept of this self-mutilation into his work, which includes photography, painting, sculpture, and performance art.

His recent work continues in the vein of subtle but firm subversion and quiet political protest. Sheng Qi lives, works and teaches art in London since 2010. 
1965: Born in Anhui Province, China
1988: Graduated from the Central Academy of Art and Design, Beijing
1989: Lived and worked in Italy (1989-1992)
1998: Graduated with an MFA from Central Saint Martin’s College of Art and Design, London 
The memory of hundreds of millions Chinese
“My art is my memory.
I am not only an artist; I am an observer and recorder of history.
I use my brush to record the history of China in my lifetime, since 1965.
These events are truly important because they influence hundreds of millions of Chinese people and have shaped my life.
So I continue to record them as truthfully as I can in red and black.”
Sheng Qi
No informed conversation about the development of Chinese performance art can bypass Sheng Qi, whose work remains unusual, brave and adventurous.
By 1986 he had already thrown himself into a pioneering practice, working in symbolic locations including Peking University (1986), the Yuanmingyuan (1987) and on the Great Wall (1988).
Those seminal events were important contributions to a young field, and looking back at their documentation, readers will feel Sheng Qi’s passion for art and for the intense cultural transgression his works represented in their time.
More recently, he has begun with portraits of children in a rigorous academic painting style, and through their "destruction" and "revision," constructed a painting language that explores the aesthetics of violence and criticism, and their commonalities.

                                    Sheng Qi solo exhibitions

2017      August 2017, ‘Outflow’, La Galleria Pall Mall, London

2017      June 2017, ‘Riding Alone’, GX Gallery, London

2014      Galerie Daniel Besseoche

2012      6 November - 20 December 2012, Hua Gallery, London

2011      Square, March 19 - May 21, Opening: March 19 (6-8)

Fabien Fryns Fine Art, Los Angeles, USA

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2010     'My painting has no colour', Poligono Gallery, Marbella, Spain  Video >>

Poligono Gallery website

2009     New Paintings, F2 Gallery, Beijing, China

China: Fluid Witness, Opal Gallery, Tel Aviv, Israel

Sheng Qi, Galerie Bork, Copenhagen, Denmark

2008    Most Wanted, Cramer contemporary, Geneva, Switzerland

History in Black and Red, Andrew James Art, Shanghai, China

History in Black and Red, DF2 Gallery, Los Angeles, USA

Paintings, Gallery Köhler Müller, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

2007     History in Black and Red, Redgate Gallery, Beijing, China

2006     Missing…, 798 Avant Gallery

Salute to Artists, 798 / RedGate Gallery, Beijing, China

Confidential, F2 Gallery, Beijing, China

2004     Madness and Appropriation, RedGate Gallery, Beijing, China

2003     Transcription, RedGate Gallery, Beijing, China

2000    Melbourne Fringe Festival, Mass Gallery, Melbourne

1998      Nine Pigeons + Nurse + Sheng Qi, Beijing, China

Are You Willing to Shake My Hand?, Tokyo

1997      Fortune Cookies, Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA), London