Vivien Zhang


Vivien Zhang (b 1990, Beijing) is a London‐based artist and grew up in China, Kenya and Thailand. Zhang is named on the 2017 Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia list, and is the recipient of the Abbey Award 2016–17 at the British School at Rome and the Chadwell Award 2014–15. She received her MA in Painting from the Royal College of Art (London) after completing her undergraduate at the Slade School of Fine Art, UCL (London).

Vivien Zhang’s work reflects disjunctions one experiences as a third‐culture citizen and also as a digital native. Zhang’s paintings present a cultural and geographical fluidity that interrogates the palimpsest nature of contemporary culture, the casual appropriation of visual tropes, and the role of post‐production in making works of art today. Zhang collates motifs and manifest them in various combinations in her paintings. Examples of these motifs include “manicules” found in early European manuscripts, Baroque fragments found in Roman churches, the mathematical shape gömböc, and aluminium foil.

Vivien Zhang’s works have been exhibited internationally and are in the Andrew Xue collection (Singapore), Aspen Collection (UK), Star Museum (Shanghai), Swarovski Archive (Global), and White Rabbit Collection (Sydney) amongst others. Zhang’s recent exhibitions include Codescape (solo), Long March Space, Beijing; BE:YO:ND (group), Plus‐One Gallery, Antwerp; Uzumaki (solo), House of Egorn, Berlin; Digital Natives: Vivien Zhang and Thomas van Linge (duo), The RYDER, London; Vivien Zhang: curated by Sarah McCrory (solo), Monteverdi, Siena; All As Long Distance Neighbours (group), SOYUZ, Pescara; Beyond Borders (group), Blain|Southern, London; Cavity Drift: Vivien Zhang (solo), Galerie Huit, Hong Kong;
and Saatchi New Sensations 2014, Victoria House, London.