Works to Buy by Shanghai’s Top Artists

Political Pop featuring Chairman Mao, colorful portraits of animals, fantastical digital collages—this is just a taste of the art by Shanghai’s top artists.

Whether you’re on the ground or online, discover their works at Shanghai’s ART021 art fair or from the city’s leading galleries.

You can buy the following artworks—or simply learn more about them—by messaging the representing galleries through Artsy. If you have any questions along the way, you can also contact our team of specialists at

Lu Yang

Featured in the 59th Venice Biennale, this emerging artist infuses her fantastical digital images with manga cartoons, medical diagrams, and sci-fi characters.

Zheng Zaidong

This Shanghai-based painter is best known for his surrealistic, vividly-colored landscapes, which draw upon the symbolism of classical Chinese literature.

Ding Yi

Yi’s precise abstractions often repeat a single motif—such as an “x” or a “+”—and experiment with the visual impact of size, color, and material.

Walasse Ting

From abstract drip paintings to colorful animal portraits, Ting fills his images with a lively energy and subtle sense of wit.

Xu Zhen

This conceptual multimedia artist—nicknamed the “Maurizio Cattelan of China”—brands himself as a corporation, releasing his works under the company name MadeIn since 2009.

Feng Lianghong

With scribbles and splatters, Feng creates abstract expressionist paintings that are rooted in ancient Chinese philosophy and inspired by New York’s graffiti scene.

Yu Youhan

Considered the father of Minimalist abstraction and Political Pop in China, Yu began painting scenes of Chairman Mao’s everyday life in 1989.