Xiaoyi Chen was born in Sichuan, China in 1992. She received an MA Photography from London College of Communication in 2014, currently lives and works in Chengdu. Chen’s practice is tied to a natural, oriental aesthetic, influenced by Western abstract art and oriental philosophy. Her recent work focus on the combination of photography, printmaking, video and installations, all techniques used to explore beneath the surface of things by simplifying and abstracting; an approach aimed at reviving spiritual awareness and intuition before entering the symbolic nature of what we view.
Xiaoyi Chen has exhibited internationally and was awarded the Three Shadows Photography Award in 2015, China’s most prestigious photography prize. In 2017 she was named one of Asia’s 30 Artist under 30 by Forbes magazine.
Recent solo exhibitions include: “Streit” (Chengdu Contemporary Image Museum, China, 2020), “The stranger:…and while I blossomed all alone, the world slumbered” (Theatre Crochetan, Switzerland, 2018), “One Giant Leap” (Matèria Gallery, Roma, 2017”, “Never！”( A Thousand Plateaus Art Space, Chengdu, 2017), “The Inadequacy of Lauguage” (Matèria, Rome, 2016)
Group exhibitions include the participation in “The Dark and Bright Room of CAMERAer” (A4 Art Museum, China, 2019), “Sunset on a Dead End – The Notorious and Their Inexplicable Modes of Existence (Emerging curators project)” (Power Station of Art, China, 2019), “The Exhibition of Annual of Contemporary Art of China 2018” (Beijing Minsheng Art Museum, China, 2018), “Extravaganza” (Festival Images Vevey, Switzerland, 2018), “40 Years of Chinese Contemporary Photography” (Three Shadows Photography Art Centre, OCAT Shenzhen, China, 2017-2018), “Ten Directions: The 10th Anniversary Exhibition of Three Shadows Photography Award” (Three Shadows Photography Art Centre, Beijing, 2018), “Athens Photo Festival: Main-Embedded in Nature” (Benaki Museum, Greece, 2018), “Loop—Photography and Video Experiments in Southwestern China since 2000” (A4 Art Museum, Chengdu, 2017), “Calling/re-Calling-Culture city of east Asia 2017, Kyoto Asia Corridor Art Exhibition” (Kyoto University of Art and Design, Japan, 2017), “Stretching Conceptual Space – state and method” (Blue Roof Museum of Chengdu, China, 2016), “Elemental Landscape” (Tabula Rasa Gallery, Beijing, 2016), “A Thousand Plateaus Art Space – People’s Park Project” (Jimei x Arles International Photo Festival, Xiamen, 2015), “China 8: Work in Progress” (Museum Folkwang, Essen, Germany, 2015), “The Elephant in the room” (V art center, Shanghai, 2015), “Detachment: Three Shadows Photography Award Exhibition” (Three Shadows Photography Art Centre, Beijing, 2015).