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Zhang Huan

Zhang Huan was born in 1965 in Anyang, China.

Studied traditional painting at Beijing’s Central Academy of Fine Arts. He is a performance artist, painter, photographer, and sculptor best known for performances that test his own physical and mental endurance, create symbolic self-portraits, and question the role of family and culture in shaping our way of thinking.

Huan has held solo exhibitions at many galleries and museums, including the Rockbund Art Museum, Shanghai (2011), Shanghai Art Museum (2010), Vancouver Art Gallery (2008), the Asia Society, New York (2007), the 6th Gwangju Biennale (2006), Whitney Biennial (2002). In 2009, he directed his first opera, Semele (by George Frideric Handel) in Brussels and Beijing.

He lives and works Shanghai and New York.