Selected Works

Shen Shaomin was born in 1956 in Heilongjiang Province, China. He currently works and lives in Beijing, China. 

Shen Shaomin studies the explicit brutality of human nature through his multimedia work. Drawing from his innate conflict with the Anthropocene, Shen has created experimental, kinetic sculptures from animal bones that illustrate the consequences of human desire and artificiality. Meanwhile, his hyperreal, ‘sleeping’ sculptures of humans and animals reflect an ongoing dialogue between the real and the imaginary. In 2012, with the intent to strengthen inter-cultural relationships between Australia and China, Shen opened up his Beijing studio to young Australian artists for a residency and he continues to promote access to rising talents from both countries. His most current trompe l’oeil painting series borrow from Warholian studies of factory processes, where he paints portraits of celebrities covered with a light film of bubble wrap. 

Shen Shaomin’s work is included in the collections of museums and foundations including Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia; Beijing Shan Hai Art Museum, Beijing, China; Droga 8 Collection, Sydney, Australia; Heilongjiang Art Museum, Harbin, China; Honolulu Museum of Art, Honolulu, HI; M+ Sigg Collection, Hong Kong; Museum of Arts and Design, New York, NY; Queensland Art Gallery/Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, Australia; The Red Mansion Foundation, London UK; The Saatchi Gallery, London, UK; Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation, Sydney, Australia; Singapore Art Museum, Singapore; Today Art Museum, Beijing, China; White Rabbit Collection, Sydney, Australia and Redtory Museum of Contemporary Art, Guangzhou, China.

In addition to many published books dedicated solely on the artwork of Shen Shaomin, The New York Times, Art Forum, and many other well known International media outlets have spotlighted Shen Shaomin and his works. 



Shen Shaomin: Chinese Carp, Shenzhen Yanhan Highland 404 Space, Shenzhen, China

Shen Shaomin: This Side Up: Fragile, Mucciacci Contemporary, Rome

Shen Shaomin: Keep Upright, Klein Sun Gallery, New York    

Shen Shaomin: There is no problem, Redtory Museum of Contemporary Art, Guangzhou, China
Shen Shaomin: Handle With Care, Klein Sun Gallery, New York

Shen Shaomin: So What, Breeze, White Box Museum of Art, Beijing

Shen Shaomin: I Touched the Voice of God, Klein Sun Gallery, New York 

Shen Shaomin: The Day After Tomorrow, 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, Sydney

Shen Shaomin: Distortion, Eli Klein Fine Art, New York    
Shen Shaomin: One Monk Temple, ARTCHANNEL, Beijing

Shen Shaomin: Experimental Studio, Frey Norris Gallery, San Francisco
Shen Shaomin: Unassailable (Activated Organism), Osage Kwun Tong, Hong Kong

Project No.1 – Solo Exhibition of Shaomin SHEN, Today Art Museum, Beijing    
Shen Shaomin: Kowtow Pump, Tang Contemporary Art, Beijing    
Shen Shaomin: Bonsai, Courtyard Gallery, Beijing    
Shen Shaomin: Fighter-X, Platform China, Beijing

Shen Shaomin: Scary Monsters, Osage Contemporary Art Space, Hong Kong

Shen Shaomin: Creature Factory, Urs Meile Gallery, Lucerne, Switzerland

Shen Shaomin: Transplantation, Asia-Australia Art Centre, Sydney

Shen Shaomin: Dialogue, East & West Gallery, Melbourne


The Gaze of History – Contemporary Chinese Art Revisited, The Jupiter Museum of Art, Shenzhen, China
THEN, White Rabbit Gallery, Chippendale, Australia 
Even the Trees Bleed, Museum on the Seam, Jerusalem   
Ascending City, Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism/Architecture, Shenzhen, China 
Now is the Time, 2019 Wuzhen International Contemporary Art Exhibition, Jiaxing, China 
Chinese Whispers: Recent Art from the Sigg Collection, The MAK, Vienna 
Shan Shui – Nature Oppressed, Lee Ungno Museum, Daejeon, South Korea

Capital@Art.International, Ost-Stern, Frankfurt

Art Basel, Hong Kong: Encounters, Hong Kong
Almost There, Jorge B. Vargas Museum and Filipiniana Research Center, University of the Philippines Diliman, Quezon City, Philippines 
Art Busan, Busan, South Korea 
Fields of Communion – The 4th Shenzhen Public Sculpture Exhibition, Shenzhen Central Park, Shenzhen, China 
This Connection: Sharing a Future Public Space, Shanghai Urban Space Art Season, Shanghai   
OutLook, Redtory Museum of Contemporary Art, Guangzhou, China
Very Sustainable – Environmental Revelation, MOCA Yinchuan, Ningxia, China    
Conversation, Whitebox Art Center, Beijing    
Second Changjiang International Photography and Video Biennale, Chongqing, China

Busan Biennale, Busan, South Korea 
Chinese Whispers: Recent Art from the Sigg and M+ Collections, Kunstmuseum Bern, Bern, Switzerland
The Layered Image, Hampshire College online exhibition, Institute for Curatorial Practice at Hampshire College, Massachusetts
The Archer of Autumn Grove Crossing, The Decameron – BMCA Documenting Art, Wenyu River, Wenyu, China
I Never Thought You Were Like That, CAFA Art Museum, Beijing, China    

East Bridge 2015-2016: Plastic Garden, Korean & Chinese Contemporary Art, 798 Art Factory, Beijing; Total Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul
Immortal Present: Art and East Asia, Berkshire Museum, Pittsfield, Massachusetts
Civilization Round III: Jiang Ling, Hubei Institute of Fine Arts, Wuhan, China
Peers, Shan Hai Museum, Beijing
Open Sea, Musée d’art contemporain de Lyon, Lyon, France
After Utopia: Revisiting the Ideal in Asian Contemporary Art, Singapore Art Museum, Singapore
Go East, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney

Xinjiang Biennale, Urumqi, China
Fusion Convergence, T Museum, Hangzhou, China – International Exhibition of the Chinese Contemporary Ceramic Art, Today Art Museum, Beijing

Serve the People, White Rabbit Gallery, Sydney
Hot Pot: A Taste of Contemporary Chinese Art, Brattleboro Museum and Art Center, Brattleboro, Vermont   
Individual Growth – Momentum of Contemporary Art, Tianjin Art Museum, Tianjin, China; Shi Jiazhuang Art Museum, Shi Jiazhuang, China   
A Better Tomorrow, Yan Club Arts Center, Beijing
Creases of Memory, T-Museum and Surroundings Art Center, Hangzhou, China

Go Figure! Contemporary Chinese Portraiture, Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation, Sydney, Australia
The 9th Shanghai Biennale, Shanghai Museum of Contemporary Art, Shanghai 
The 4th Guangzhou Triennial, Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangdong, China
Busan Biennale, Busan Museum of Art, Busan, South Korea
The First Kiev International Biennale of Contemporary Art, Kiev, Ukraine

An Ode to Discernment, Eli Klein Fine Art, New York
Mutation, 798 Art Bridge Gallery, Beijing
Flora and Fauna: MAD about Nature, Museum of Arts and Design, New York
Scenes from Within: Contemporary Art from China, Blackbridge Hall Art Gallery, Georgia College, Milledgeville, Georgia
BAD Exhibition, Pin Gallery, Beijing
An Exhibition Tour, Shanghu Art Museum, Beijing
Nature Contrast – From 125 Years to the Next 125 Years, Shanghai Time Square, Shanghai
Retrospection and Deviation – Heart Outside Body Series, Horizon Times Art Museum, Beijing
New Age, New Media, New Media Art Exhibition in China & Australia, CAFA Art Museum, Beijing

Absolute Distance, White Space and MK2 Art Space, Beijing
Myriad Things, Himalayas Art Museum, Shanghai
Last Words, 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, Sydney
17th Biennale of Sydney, Sydney
Dead or Alive, Museum of Arts and Design, New York

Nature Nation, Museum on the Seam, Jerusalem
Human Nature, Ars Electronica Festival, Linz, Austria
The Home Court: An Exhibition of Contemporary Art, White Box Museum of Art, Beijing
Hey Market, Songzhuang Art Gallery, Songzhuang, Beijing
Mid Way, Wollongong City Gallery Traveling Exhibition, Australia; Fine Art College of Shanghai University 99 Creative Center, Shanghai
Coming Home – 37 Chinese Australian Artists, Linda Gallery, Beijing 
A Conversation with Chicago – Contemporary Sculptures from China, Millennium Park, Chicago
I Want Talk to You: Film & Video Show, T. Art Center, Beijing
19 GAME, T. Art Center, Beijing

Shen Shaomin and Zhang Dali, Eli Klein Fine Art, New York
Intrude: Art & Life 366, Zendai Museum of Modern Art, Shanghai
China Independent Film Festival, South Visual Art Museum, Nanjing, China
Hunting Birds, T Space, and Tang Contemporary Art Center, Beijing
The Revolution Continues: New Art From China, Saatchi Gallery, London
The Inside & Outside Art History, Found Art Museum, Beijing
Shanghai MoCA Envisage II-Butterfly Dream, MoCA Shanghai, Shanghai
3rd Nanjing Triennial, Nanjing Museum, Nanjing, China
China Contemporary Art Biennale 2008, Yuangong Museum, Shanghai
2D/3D Negotiating Visual Languages, PKM Gallery, Beijing
Kowtow Pumps, Shanghai Exhibition Center, Shanghai
Beyond Reminiscence, Beijing Center for the Arts, Beijing
Chinese Gardens for Living, National Art Collection Museum, Dresden, Germany
Portraying Food, Walsh Gallery, Chicago
Critical Moment, OV Gallery, Shanghai
New World Order, Groningen Museum, Groningen, The Netherlands
Re-imagining Asia, House of World Culture, Berlin; The New Art Gallery Walsall, Walsall, UK
China China China!!! – Contemporary Chinese Art Beyond the Global Market, Museo di Palazzo Strozzi, Florence; Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK
3.15 Let’s Consume, Xin Dong Cheng Space for Contemporary Art, Beijing 
New Vista, White Space, Beijing
Die Wahren Orte III Alexander, Ochs Galleries, Berlin
Reasia, Haus Der Kulturen Der Welt, Berlin 
Inter Electrode Horizon, Today Art Museum, Beijing; Shanghai Duolun Museum of Modern Art, Shanghai

The Power of the Universe – The Frontier of Contemporary Chinese Art, Asia Art Center, Beijing
Destination – Installation Art Exhibition, Oriental Vista Art Collections, Shanghai
Soft Power: Asian Attitude, Zendai Museum of Modern Art, Shanghai
Wild Beast, Gallery Mook, Beijing 
To Get Down to Brass Tacks, Osage Art Space, Shanghai
Thermocline of Art: New Asian Waves, ZKM Museum, Karlsruhe, Germany
A Vision of the Future, Osage Gallery, Hong Kong

Floweriness, Song Zhuang Art Museum, Beijing
Double-Kick Cracker, Tang Contemporary Art, Beijing
Susi: Key to Chinese Art Today, Metropolitan Museum of Manila, Manila, Philippines
Liverpool Biennial 2006, Liverpool, UK
Shanghai MoCA Envisage – Butterfly Dream, MoCA Shanghai, Shanghai
From Polar Region to Tie Xi Qu – Exhibition of Contemporary Art in Northeast 1985-2006 Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangdong, China
Endless Clone, Space Leum, Beijing

The Second Guangzhou Triennial, Guangdong Art Museum, Guangzhou, China
Grounding Reality – Chinese Contemporary Art, Seoul Art Center, Seoul 
Two Asias, Two Europes, Duolun Museum of Modern Art, Shanghai
Ten Thousand Years, Postmodern City, Beijing
Unusual Scene, Today Art Museum, Beijing
City Net Asia 2005, Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul
Mahjong – Contemporary Chinese Art from the Sigg Collection, Kunstmuseum Bern, Bern, Switzerland

Is it what?, Shaanxi Provincial Art Museum, Xi’an, China
The 1st Architectural Biennial, Beijing
Asian Traffic, Asia-Australia Art Centre, Sydney

Open Sky, Duolun Museum of Modern Art, Shanghai
Left Wing, Left Bank Community, Beijing
Alternative Modernity, X-Ray Art Centre, Beijing
Düsseldorf Art Exhibition, Museum Kunst Palast, Ehrenhof, Düsseldorf
Science Fictions, Earl Lu Gallery, Singapore


Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
Beijing Shan Hai Art Museum, Beijing
Droga 8 Collection, Sydney
Heilongjiang Art Museum, Harbin, China
Honolulu Museum of Art, Honolulu, Hawaii
M+ Sigg Collection, Hong Kong
Museum of Arts and Design, New York
White Rabbit Collection, Sydney
Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, Australia
The Red Mansion Foundation, London
The Saatchi Gallery, London
Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation, Sydney
Singapore Art Museum, Singapore
Today Art Museum, Beijing
Redtory Museum of Contemporary Art, Guangzhou, China