Born and based in Shanghai, China, Wang Yi (b. 1991) is best known for transposing large-scale and vibrant geometric patterns onto canvas.

These designs reflect his profound understanding of how chromatic variations can be used to create hypnotic illusions of movement and depth. He boldly innovates on the traditional method of oil glazing, creating mesmerizing paintings through a series of rigorous but painstakingly slow artistic processes. Inspired by the towering figures of Frank Stella and Victor Vasarely, Wang Yi uses his practice to draw a middle ground between Western aesthetics and Chinese philosophy. The result is an intersection of minimalist philosophy and the values of labor and humanity associated with traditional Chinese painting. Wang is a typical example of abstract artists from his generation. Like many of his peers, he uses the subtle language of abstraction to articulate social and political criticism, artfully avoiding direct confrontation of these matters.  He capitalizes upon the symbolic qualities of color, shape and medium to explore our relationship as a society with the environment that we inhabit.

Wang Yi completed his BA and MA in Oil Painting at the China Academy of Art, Hangzhou, China in 2013 and 2016 respectively. He is a prolific artist who has consistently participated in numerous local and international exhibitions over the past decade. Notably, he has contributed to exhibitions in the Hive Centre for Contemporary Art, Duende Contemporary Art Museum Foshan, Minsheng Art Museum Shanghai, Walker Art Centre Minneapolis, China Academy of Art Museum Hangzhou and at the Chengdu Museum of Contemporary Art.


Selected Works
Wang Yi
Acrylic on Canvas
80 x 80cm
Wang Yi
Acrylic Pages
160 x 160cm
Wang Yi
Overlapping (2022-4)
Mixed media on Stainless Steel
60 x 60cm
Wang Yi
Overlapping (2022-4)
Mixed Media on Stainless Steel
60cm x 60cm
Related Exhibitions
Fang Wei, Group show, Lin Ke, Su Chang, Wang Yi,

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