Zhang Ding

Born 1980 in Gansu, Lanzhou, China. Lives and works in Shanghai, China



Born 1980 in Gansu, Lanzhou, China

Lives and works in Shanghai, China

“Most Chinese artists have a rational approach toward the making of artworks,” says Zhang Ding. “I thought that if I just followed my feelings then my work would be different; or at least more real.” In his large-scale mixed-media installations, often incorporating video and interactive components, Zhang explores ethnic tensions, the plight of migrant workers, and marginal urban culture that lurk in the recesses of Chinese society. Zhang is influenced by the fantastical style of Italian filmmaker Federico Fellini. 

From 1998 to 2003, Zhang Ding studied at the North West Minority University in the Oil Painting Department and at the China Academy of Art in Hangzhou from 2003 to 2004. 

His work has been shown in solo and group exhibitions including Fosun Foundation UCCA Beijing, Beijing, China (2022), Arken Museum of Modern Art, Ishoj, Denmark (2021), Shanghai, China (solo) (2020), OCAT Shanghai, Shanghai, China (solo) (2019), KWM Art Center, Beijing, China (solo) (2018), Rockbund Art Museum, Shanghai, China and many others. 

He was already featured at Krinzinger Schottenfeld as a residency artist in 2008.