Zhang Ruyi’s (b.1985, Shanghai) artistic practice unfolds around everyday logic. Her work occupies a unique space which reconciles artifacts, the industrial experience, and urban life. The artist finds inspiration in everyday materials. In her main narrative approach, she begins with inner intuition and explores the hierarchical interactions between individuals, material, and place. Her work mainly involves installation, sculpture, and integrated media. She uses “reality” as “model” for drawing out moments of individual perception as the city shifts around its inhabitants, planting them within the material to bestow a significance which extends beyond the material.
Solo exhibitions of Zhang Ruyi include “Decoration: Building Debris” (2020) at the Sifang Art Museum, Shanghai, China and “Decoration: Dump” (2017) at the MOCA Pavilion, Shanghai, China. Zhang’s work has been shown in group exhibitions in institutions and museums including, UCCA Dune (Beidaihe, 2020); K11 Art Foundation (Hong Kong, 2018); Rockbund Art Museum (Shanghai, 2018); Ullens Center for Contemporary Art (Beijing, 2017); Cass Sculpture Foundation (Chichester, 2016); Sifang Art Museum (Nanjing, 2016); chi K11 art museum (Shanghai, 2016) and Shanghai 21st Century Minsheng Art Museum (Shanghai, 2015). Zhang is the recipient of Prix YISHU 8 Chine 2017 and the participant of the 2017 Glenfiddich Artists in Residence Programme, now in studio residency hosted by Pro Helvetia, Swiss Arts Council at Villa Sträuli, Winterthur. Her work is collected by Sifang Art Museum, Fosun Foundation and the Cass Sculpture Foundation.
Zhang currently lives and works in Shanghai.