Shang Chengxiang

Shenyang, China

Shang was born in Shenyang in 1985 and graduated from Oil Painting Department of Lu Xun Academy of Fine Arts in 2008. He has been working as a professional artist since, and has been exhibiting in solo and group exhibitions at home and abroad. His important collections including DSL Collection (France), Blue Roof Museum of Chengdu, American Consulate in Shenyang and Suzhou Jinji Lake Art Museum.

Partially inspired by the Surrealist master René Magritte, Shang’s works are influenced by this style yet remain true to his own unique presentation, palette and subject. Shang usually produces several different series of works simultaneously, with dreams and dream states a major source of ideas. His imagery wavers between this world of pure imagination, and reality. Meanings are hidden within these seemingly peculiar and fantastic scenes, waiting for the audience to interpret and decode.

As Shang explains, “I enjoy creating an atmosphere of suspense. I believe this feeling of suspense motivates us to think and ponder. Through this process, we can discover all sort of hidden potentials.”


Borderless No.4
Shang Chengxiang

Self-direction No.4
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Borderline No.10
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Released Dream No.3
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Entity No.4
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Released Dream No.2
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Untitled
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Released Dream No.2
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Wild Dream Fantasy Series No.1
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Entity No.3
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Entity No.2
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Solitary Thoughts
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Our Relationship
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Borderline No.2
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Silently Waiting
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Borderline No.3
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Borderline No.1
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Self-Direction No.2
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Self-Direction No.1
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Magrette's Cloud
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Lost
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Journey in the Clouds No.8
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Journey in the Clouds No.7
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Journey in the Clouds No.5
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Journey in the Clouds No.3
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I Can Set Aside More Than Happiness for You No.2
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I Can Set Aside More Than Happiness for You No.1
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Borderlline No.5
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Borderline No.7
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Borderline No.6
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Borderline No.4
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A Start From the Mist
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Borderline No.5
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Borderline No.1
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Borderline No.6
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Borderline No.7
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Borderline No.8
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Journey in the Clouds No.3
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Journey in the Clouds No.6
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Journey in the Clouds No.8
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Self-Direction No.1
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Entity No.1
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Release the Dream
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Boundless No.2
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Self-Direction No.4
Shang Chengxiang

Boundless No.1
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Borderline
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Entity No.2
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Borderline No.6
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Borderline No.3
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Self-Direction No.3
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Journey in the Clouds No.1
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Borderline No.4
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BORN

1985 in Shengyang, China

EDUCATION

2008
BFA, Oil Painting Department, Lu Xun Academy of Fine Arts, Shenyang

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2018
Borderline, ART LABOR Gallery, Shanghai

2015
Threshold: Shang Chengxiang Solo Exhibition, Space Station, Beijing

2014
Cloud Atlas, Space Station, Beijing

2013
31.20°N – 121.21°E, The Swatch Art Peace Hotel, Shanghai

2012
A Desolate Dream, Space Station, Beijing

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2018
Paint the Web Pink, ART LABOR Gallery, Shanghai
Attention Training, Yi Yuan Space, Wuhan
IDEALISM ART STUDIO, Wu Art Space, Shenyang

2017
10 Years of Love, ART LABOR Gallery, Shanghai
New Space Soft Opening Exhibition, ART LABOR Gallery, Shanghai
New Space Grand Opening Exhibition, ART LABOR Gallery, Shanghai
The Unknown Future, NIUMuseum, Shijiazhuang
Premises of Affection, LinkGallery, Beijing
SIMULACRUM LIVING, Shenzhen Art Museum, Shenzhen

2016
Fireflowers, ART LABOR Gallery, Shanghai
Lost Opportunities, ART LABOR Gallery, Shanghai
Unknown Landscape Without Anyone, Enjoy Art Museum, Beijing
Elite Young Artists Program, Guanshanyue Museum, Shenzhen
Elite Young Artists Program, Brightview Art Museum, Beijing
Wang Shikuo Award & TAM Exhibition of Nominated Chinese Contemporary Young Artist, Today Art Museum, Beijing

2015
Artificial Wonderland: Chinese and South Korean Young Art Exhibition, Jinji Lake Art Museum, Suzhou

2014
Dreaming in Color, ART LABOR Gallery, Shanghai
Faces and Traces, The Swatch Art Peace Hotel, Shanghai

2013
Strayed Representation, Tang Contemporary Art, Beijing
Pursuing Perfection, Bloom Art Space, Shanghai

2012
Northern Mirror, He Hui Art Center, Shanghai
Also World, T Art Center, Beijing

2011
Social Experience and Spiritual Narration, Blue Roof Art Gallery, Chengdu

2009
Northeast Blue, Northeast China, The Club Gallery, Shenyang
Ten Years, The Museum of Lu Xun Academy of Fine Arts, Shenyang

2008
New Vision '08: Film, He Xiangning Art Museum, Shenzhen
New Northeast Power, Gaodi Gallery, Beijing

IMPORTANT COLLECTIONS

DSL Collection, Paris, France
Blue Roof Art Gallery, Chengdu
The United States Consulate, Shenyang
Jinji Lake Art Museum, Suzhou

ARTIST RESIDENCY

Swatch Art Peace Hotel Artists in Residence Program, Shanghai