Shen Wei 沈玮

Chinese, born 1977

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Shen Wei 沈玮

Chinese, born 1977

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Whether photographing portraits of objects, individuals, amorous couples, or even himself, Shen Wei imbues his images with the dramatically cast sunlight of Dutch Old Masters paintings. The artist, born and raised in Shanghai and now working in New York, uses photography to study the human impact of China’s economic ascendency. But Shen is perhaps best known for his nude portraits full of raw intimacy—as in his images of himself silhouetted by sunlight streaming through a window or couples perched on the edge of a disheveled mattress; he cites Diane Arbus among his favorite photographers. In 2009, he gave fruits and vegetables the same photographic treatment for Aperture’s “NYC Green Cart Photography Commission” series.

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Biography

Whether photographing portraits of objects, individuals, amorous couples, or even himself, Shen Wei imbues his images with the dramatically cast sunlight of Dutch Old Masters paintings. The artist, born and raised in Shanghai and now working in New York, uses photography to study the human impact of China’s economic ascendency. But Shen is perhaps best known for his nude portraits full of raw intimacy—as in his images of himself silhouetted by sunlight streaming through a window or couples perched on the edge of a disheveled mattress; he cites Diane Arbus among his favorite photographers. In 2009, he gave fruits and vegetables the same photographic treatment for Aperture’s “NYC Green Cart Photography Commission” series.

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Career Highlights
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established
Established representation
Represented by industry leading galleries.
group
Group show at a major institution
Power Station of Art
Instituion
Collected by a major institution
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
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