Duan Jianyu 段建宇

Chinese , born 1970

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Duan Jianyu 段建宇

Chinese , born 1970

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Duan Jianyu’s paintings explore the tensions between urban and rural parts of the rapidly industrializing China, and the friction between art history and Asian popular culture, as well as themes of tourism, cultural identity, mass migration, and family. She strives to create paintings that are at once dynamic and conjure a sense of cheap tackiness—qualities that she associates with the feeling of living in modern China. Duan is known for her figurative style, unconventional juxtapositions of scenes and objects, and ironic sense of humor. “I love secretly describing the details of life, apparently rationally and politely, calming them with fakes, falsities, and untruths,” she says.

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Biography

Duan Jianyu’s paintings explore the tensions between urban and rural parts of the rapidly industrializing China, and the friction between art history and Asian popular culture, as well as themes of tourism, cultural identity, mass migration, and family. She strives to create paintings that are at once dynamic and conjure a sense of cheap tackiness—qualities that she associates with the feeling of living in modern China. Duan is known for her figurative style, unconventional juxtapositions of scenes and objects, and ironic sense of humor. “I love secretly describing the details of life, apparently rationally and politely, calming them with fakes, falsities, and untruths,” she says.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
established
Established representation
Represented by industry leading galleries.
group
Group show at a major institution
Guggenheim Museum, and 1 more
publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
ArtReview, and 2 more
fair
Included in a major biennial
Venice Biennale International Exhibition