Lu Xinjian

Shanghai, China

Coming from a design background and influenced by his own design practice, artist Lu Xinjian brings his particular understanding of the relationships among lines, shapes and colors into his artistic practice. It’s only natural when he shifted his practice into the artistic realm, that these elements remain the most prominent in his artistic works.

Almost by accident, Google Earth became Lu’s source of inspiration, as well as his crucial artistic instrument in the “City DNA” series; in this series of works, he traces the bird’s eye view landscapes of parts of different cities from around the world and abstracts them into simple patterns and lines.

Since 2009, after the "City DNA" series, Lu has continued to create even more series: "Invisible Poems", "City Stream", "Constellation" and "Reflections".

Lu’s works seamlessly combine simplicity and complexity, abstraction and concept. From each painting, the viewers can grasp the visual characteristics of a certain city at a glance, yet the content itself is so complex since the cityscape embodies the historical, economic and political history of that particular city to this day. Visually, the abstract presentation may seem randomly composed by lines, shapes and colors, yet the concept behind the works is rich and concrete.


City DNA / Shanghai No.12
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Constellations
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Reflections / Forbidden City
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City DNA / Xinzhuang
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City Stream / Shanghai No.1
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City Stream / Shanghai No.4-2
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City Stream / Shanghai No.6
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City Stream / Shanghai No.9
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City Stream / Shanghai No.13
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Invisible Poem / In the Style of the Ancients
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Invisible Poem / Green Mountain
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Invisible Poem / A letter home while heading south to Yelang
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Invisible Poem / Sonnets CXVI
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Invisible Poem / Sonnet XVIII
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Astonishing
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Carrying on, letting go
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City DNA / Bund N1
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City DNA / Pudong - Lu Jia Zui
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City DNA / Hang Zhou - West Lake
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City DNA / Mendriso
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City CNA / Bellinzona N1
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Aquarius
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Pisces
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Aries
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Taurus
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Gemini
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Leo
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Libra
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Scoprius
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Sagittarius
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Capricornus
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Reflections / Watertown No.3
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Wired Space #1
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Wired Space #2
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Wired Space #3
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Wired Space #6
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Wired Space #7
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Wired Space #8
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Wired Space #9
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Wired Space #10
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Wired Space #13
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Wired Space #14
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Wired Space #15
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Impression of Shanghai
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City DNA / Kowloon
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City DNA / Amsterdam No.1
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City DNA / Barcelona
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City DNA / Beijing
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City DNA / Brussels
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City DNA / Forbidden City
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City DNA / Helsinki
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City DNA / Hongkong Central
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City DNA / London
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City DNA / Montreal
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City DNA / Moscow
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City DNA / New Deli
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City DNA / New York No.2
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City DNA / New York No.1
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City DNA / Paris
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City DNA / Prague
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City DNA / Rome
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City DNA / Shanghai No.2
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City DNA / Shanghai No.1
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City DNA / Singapore
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City DNA / Stockholm
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City DNA / Taipei
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City DNA / Tokyo
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City DNA / Zurich
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City DNA / Shanghai No.8
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City DNA / The Triumph of New York
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City DNA / Sydney
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City DNA / Seoul
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City DNA / Berlin
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City DNA / Rijksmuseum Amsterdam
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City Light: Shanghai Times Square
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Wired Space #16
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Wired Space #12
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Wired Space #5
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Wired Space #4
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Reflections / Watertown No.2
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Reflections / Corner Tower
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City DNA / Las Vegas
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Virgo
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Cancer
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Constellation painting (night view)
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City DNA / Chiasso
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City DNA / Lucarno N1
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City DNA / Lugano N3
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Invisible Poem / Sonnet XXX
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Invisible Poem / To Wang Lun
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City Stream / Shanghai No.7
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City Stream / Shanghai No.5
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City Stream / Shanghai No.4-3
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City Stream / Shanghai No.4-1
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City Stream / Shanghai No.3
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Reflections / Macau
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Reflections / San Francisco
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Reflections / Toronto
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Reflections / New York No.2
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Reflections / Vancouver
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Reflections / Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute
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Reflections / Garden Bridge of Shanghai
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Reflections / Summer Palace
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Reflections / The Imperial Palace Watchtower
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BORN

1977 Born in Jiangsu, China

EUCATION

2006
MFA, Interactive Media and Environments at the Frank Mohr Institute, Hanze University, The Netherlands

2005
IM Postgraduate Department, Design Academy Eindhoven, The Netherlands

2000
BA, Computer Graphic Design Department, Nanjing Arts Institute, Nanjing, China

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2017
Reflections, ART LABOR Gallery, Shanghai, China
Lu Xinjian: City DNA + Reflections, Fabien Fryns Fine Art, Marbella, Spain
Infinite Lines, de Sarthe Gallery, Beijing

2016
City DNA / Jiang Nan, Matthew Liu Fine Arts, Shanghai

2015
Constellation, ART LABOR Gallery, Shanghai

2014
City Stream, ART LABOR Gallery, Shanghai
City DNA IV, Hua Gallery, London, UK
Lu Xinjian: Beautiful Encounters - Cities and Poems, 117 Contemporary Art Center, Ningbo, China
Wired Space, ART LABOR Gallery, Shanghai

2012
Invisible Poem II, F2 Gallery, Beijing
Invisible Poem, ART LABOR Gallery, Shanghai

2011
City DNA III, Fabien Fryns Fine Art, Los Angels
City DNA II, F2 Gallery, Beijing

2010
City DNA, ART LABOR Gallery, Shanghai

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2019
Personal Structures, Palazzo Mora, Venice, Italy
4²+1, ART LABOR Gallery, Shanghai, China

2018
Paint the Web Pink, ART LABOR Gallery, Shanghai

2016
Eja-Xinjian, Beetsterzwaag, The Netherlands

2015
NULNU, Annesas Appel, Lu Xinjian, Henk Peeters, Herman de Vries, Nieuw Dakota Gallery, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
THING-IN-ITSELF: The invisible Felling of Deprival, Art Museum of Nanjing Uniersity of the Arts, Nanjing, China

2014
ARTifical Garden, World Financial Center, Shanghai
The Temporary, ARTicle Gallery, Birmingham, UK

2013
I Love Shanghai, ART LABOR Gallery, Shanghai
FILTER THE PUBLIC, SWFC, Shanghai

2012
Distance and Dimension, Fernando Bordoni & Lu Xinjian, ART LABOR Gallery, Shanghai
Re-animators, Meulensteen Gallery, New York, USA
The Year of Dragon, Chen Hangfeng & Lu Xinjian, Gallery Jones, Vancouver, Canada

2011
High 5, ART LABOR Gallery, Shanghai

2010
Basic Forms by Stella Art Foundation, 2nd Moscow International Biennale for Young Art, Russia

2009
Resemblance & Difference, Daegu Art Center, Korea

ART PROJECTS

2014
City / Neighbor, Adidas Originals, Shanghai

2013
Expressions Of My City, Lane Crawford, Shanghai

2011
Absolut Blank, Absolut Vodka, Shanghai

2010
City DNA, Maison Pourcel by Jacques & Laurent Pourcel, Shanghai

IMPORTANT COLLECTIONS

White Rabbit Collection, Sydney, Australia
DSL Collection, Pairs, France
Power Long Museum, Shanghai, China
ANXIN Trust, China
FACEBOOK, China
Private Collections Worldwide