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Ni Youyu

Artist and curator.

Ni Youyu was born in 1984, and currently lives and works in Shanghai. He graduated in 2007 from the Shanghai Academy of Fine Arts, majored in Chinese traditional painting. He was awarded the Contemporary Chinese Art Award (CCAA) as “Best Young Artist” in 2014.


2003 - 2007

Fine Art College of Shanghai University, Chinese traditional painting major



“Best Young Artist”, Contemporary Chinese Art Award (CCAA)




The Last Sunset, Galerie Perrotin, Shanghai, China

∞, Yuz Museum, Shanghai, China


Relic, Contemporary Fine Arts, Berlin, Germany

Ni Youyu: Dust Paintings, Orange County Museum of Art, California, USA

So Near Yet So Far, Perrotin, Hong Kong, China


The Endless Second, Gallery Nathalie Obadia, Paris, France

Concrete Waterfall, Kunstverein Konstanz, Konstanz, Germany



Big Dipper, Contemporary Fine Arts, Berlin, Germany

Constant Dripping Wears Away a Stone, MOCA Taipei, Taipei, Chinese Taiwan

Invisible Force, Arario Gallery, Shanghai, China



Inches of Time, Art Museum of Nanjing University of the Arts, Nanjing, China

Form and Matter, Hive Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing, China

Zilch  –  Ni Youyu Independent Project, Department for Culture and Education of the German Consulate-General in Shanghai, 9m² Museum Project Space, Shanghai, China


A Brief History, Shanghai Art Museum, Shanghai, China

Group (selected)


Messengers, Galerie Perrotin, Shanghai, China

In Front of the Sea, Passerelle Centre d'art contemporain, Brest, France

Facing the Collector: The Sigg Collection of Contemporary Art from China, Castello di Rivoli Museum of Contemporary Art, Turin, Italy

Out of the Shadows: Contemporary Chinese Photography, Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego, USA

The Museum Collection, Brooklyn Museum, New York, USA


Uncompleted, Sifang Art Museum, Nanjing, China

Chinese Whispers: Recent Art from the Sigg Collection, Austrian Museum of Applied Arts / Contemporary Art, Vienna, Austria

Ghisla Art Collection Season 2019, Locarno, Switzerland

Roots of Clouds Adrift: Temporality - OCAT Nanjing Qixia Public Art Project 2019, OCAT Nanjing, Nanjing, China

Do you Copy, MoCA Shanghai, Shanghai, China


After Sunset, Galerie Liusa Wang, Paris, France

A Chinese Journey - The Sigg Collection, Noordbrabandts Museum, Hertogenbosh Holland

Into the Great Wide Open, 166 Artspace, Shanghai, China

Post-Brushwork Era: Chinese Landscapes, Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou, China


The Weight of Lightness, M+ Museum, Hong Kong, China

4th Documentary Exhibition of Fine Arts: Stress Field, Hubei Museum of Art, Wuhan, China

Ritual Spirit, White Rabbit Gallery, Sydney, Australia

Collage: The Cards Players, Shanghai Gallery of Art, Shanghai, China

All happens after sunset…, MOCA Shanghai Pavilion, Shanghai, China

Shanghai Black and White, 166 Artspace, Shanghai, China

The Blues, 166 Artspace, Shanghai, China


An Atlas of Mirrors, The 5th Singapore Biennale, Singapore Art Museum, Singapore

Painting as Strait Gate, Hive Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing, China

Nature: A Subjective Place, Shanghai Center Of Photography, Shanghai, China

Chinese Whispers, Kunstmuseum Bern, Bern, Switzerland

Ink Remix: Contemporary art from China, Taiwan and Hong Kong, UNSW Galleries, Sydney, Australia

Over the Wall: Paintings Tempted by Installation, Tang Contemporary Art, Beijing, China

New Capital, Museum of Contemporary Art Chengdu, Chengdu, China

Everyday Legend, Shanghai Minsheng Art Museum, Shanghai, China

Temporary Museum, Museum of College of Fine Arts, Shanghai University, Shanghai, China

The Decameron – BMCA Documenting Art, Blue Mountain Contemporary Art, Caochangdi Art Village, Beijing, China



Outside The Lines  –  New Art From China, RH Contemporary Art, New York, USA

 Thinking of Landscape  –  Paintings from the Yeap Lam Yang Collection, Institute of Contemporary Arts Singapore, LASALLE College of the Arts, Singapore

Confronting Anitya  –  Oriental Experience in Contemporary Art, Kunstraum Villa Friede, Bonn, Germany; Yuan Art Museum, Beijing, China; Kunstwerk Charlshuette, Buedelsdorf, Germany; Art Sanya 2014, Sanya, China

The Sociology of Oneself, Eslite Gallery, Taipei, Chinese Taiwan

Broken·Stand - The New Painting to Order, Long museum, Shanghai, China

John Moores New Painting Prize(China), Himalayas Art Museum, Shanghai, China

Labor & Time, Chambers Fine Art Beijing, Beijing, China

How Now 2014  –  Silent Force, How Museum, Wenzhou, China

On the Road 2014, Guan Shanyue Art Museum, Shenzhen, China

Resolution, SVA  –  NYC Art Platform, Shanghai, China

Copyleft, Power Station of Art, Shanghai, China

Ink Remix: Contemporary art from China, Taiwan and Hong Kong, Canberra Museum, Canberra, Australia

Harmony and Transition  –  Reflecting Chinese Landscape, Museum Marta Herford, Herford, German

The Garden of Forking Paths  –  Tracks and Intersections of 15 Artists, Shanghai Gallery of Art, Shanghai, China

Editing the Spectacle: the Individual and Working Methods Post-Mediatization, Hive Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing, China

Dunhuang  –  Song of Living Beings, Himalayas Museum, Shanghai, China

Revolution in Tradition  –  China's Post-Ink Painting Era, Gallery Nathalie Obadia, Paris, France

Overlay Image, Casa Dei Carraresi Museum, Treviso, Italy

The 2nd “CAFAM Future” Exhibition: Observer-Creator, 798 Art Zone, Beijing, China

Garden Splendors, Suzhou Jinji Lake Art Museum, Suzhou, China

 A Tale of Two Cities, Shanghai Duolun Museum of Modern Art, Shanghai, China


Painstaking Painting, "St. Moritz Art Masters" project space, St. Moritz, Switzerland

Bidirectional Punctum: As an Entry Point of Representation, One Kind of Painting, Hive Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing, China

The Moment, We Awe, Hakgojae Gallery, Seoul, Korea

The 6th Chengdu Biennale, New International Convention & Exposition Center

Chengdu Century City, Chengdu, China

Break and Breathe  –  Hands On No.5, College of Fine Arts Shanghai University, Shanghai, China

The 8th International Ink Art Biennale of Shenzhen, Guan Shanyue Art Museum, Shenzhen, China


Ctrl+N  –  The 9th Gwangju Biennale Special Exhibition, Gwangju Museum of Art, Gwangju, Korea

The 1st "CAFAM Future" Exhibition: Sub-Phenomena: Report on the State of Chinese Young Art Nomination, CAFA Art Museum, Beijing, China

Sattva, Bogota Morden Art Museum, Bogota,Columbia; Wifredo Lam Museum, Havana, Cuba


ShanShui  –  Poetry without Sound, Contemporary Art from the Sigg Collect, Kunstmuseum Luzern, Luzern, Switzerland

Magic Space, Today Art Museum, Beijing, China

Learning Method  –  Hands On No.4, V Arts Centre Space1, Shanghai, China

Pattern-Vortex-Encounter, Museum Of Unknown, Space Station, Beijing, China; Times Museum, Guangzhou, China

Contemporary China, Wandesford Quay Gallery, Cork, Ireland

Nature of Matter, East link Gallery, Shanghai, China


Big Draft  –  Shanghai, Contemporary Art from the Sigg Collection, Kunstmuseum Bern, Bern, Switzerland

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder(OCD)  –  Hands On No.3, DDM, Shanghai, China

 Reflection of Minds  –  MOCA Envisage Biennale, MOCA ShangHai, Shanghai, China

Post Traditions, Shanghai Duolun Museum of Modern Art, Shanghai, China

San Sheng Wan Wu  –  Inaugueation of the Exhibition of Zendai Contemporary Art Exhibition Hall, Zendai Contemporary Art Exhibition Hall, Shanghai, China




Material Link  –  Technopolis, City of Athens, Athens, Greece

Parallel  –  Hands On No.2, M50 Art District, Shanghai, China

Material Link  –  A Dialogue Between Greek and Chinese Artists, MOCA Shanghai, Shanghai, China; Greek State Museum of Contemporary Art, Thessaloniki, Greece

Lian Cheng Jue  –  Visual Creativity in New Urban, ZhenDai MOMA, Shanghai, China

With the Way We Game  –  Hands On No.1, Bin Jiang Creative Enterprises Centre, Shanghai, China



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