Biography

WANG JIA JIA

born in Beijing, China in 1985. He received a BA Honours degree from Central Saint Martin’s College of Art & Design in 2008.

Inspired by art history, comics, animation and pop culture, Wang Jiajia’s artworks are imbued with a strong personal universe of intense colors mixed with abstractions and figurations. His Adventure series in 2016 are composed of digitally sketched collages, gestural abstraction paintings as well as silkscreen techniques. A sense of urgent immediacy is articulated in the thick impasto and vivid colors underlaid with digitally edited background imageries on the paintings. This multi-layering process and choice of motifs suggest a deliberate narrative on the omnipresence of digital imageries of the contemporary landscape beckoning the spectators to embark towards a frantic, angsty and lustful journey longing for digital imageries.

“Our life is punctuated nonstop by information, you cannot shy away from it, people are glued to screens, images, advertisements, photos, animations gifs all pound away at you everyday. This conspicuousness, it is the new landscape of our modern age. Being born in the city, and moving to various other large metropolises all I know is brick and glass. Buildings that used to be there, suddenly vanish, and huge structures that belonged to science fiction movies took their places, the pace and evolution of a big city is exciting and intoxicating, you are swept up and just go with the tide in this crazy flow and yet there is beauty in it and a certain form of ataraxia can still be found.” (Wang Jiajia, 2016)

 

Currently lives and works in Beijing

Solo Exhibitions

2016 Alternate Realities, de Sarthe Project Space, Beijing, China
2015 It’s An Adventure, Lanng Art Center, Beijing, China
2014 Present Tense, Hai Gallery, London, UK
2013 Science Fiction, C5 Gallery, Beijing, China
2013 The Artist and The Spells, Red Zone Arts, Geneva, Switzerland 2012 Thinking Bout You, J Space, Beijing, China
2011 Home 2, E Cube Contemporary, Hangzhou, China
2009 Home, XYZ Gallery, Beijing, China
2008 Home, Home Again, Alexandre Pollazzon Gallery, London, UK

Selected Group Exhibitions

2015 The Spaces We Know, Octavia Gallery, USA
2014 Art Unified, Scope, Miami, USA
2013 Empty Vanity Group Show, CYAP Theme Exhibition, Galaxy Soho, Beijing, China
Gallery Opening, Zhong Gallery, Beijing, China

2009 Adventure Beyond the Edge of Time, Eleven Howland, London, UK
Art Quest, Art Beijing, Beijing, China
Artheke Launch show, Hong Kong
Catlin Prize 2009, The Village Underground, London, UK

2008 Room For My Art, Art Standing, Miami, USA
Martian Hearts, Contemporary Art Projects, London, UK
Dialegs Pictorics, Galeria Manuel Alzuerta, Barcelona, Spain
Robert Dowling, Time Ellis, Nick Goss, Michael Pybus, Wang Jiajia, Alexandre Pollazzzon Ltd, London, UK
Drawn In, 00130 Gallery, Helsinki, Finland