Chen Yujun ( B. 1976, Putian, Fujian Province), graduated from Department of mixed media of China Academy of Fine Arts in 1999, taught mixed media and oil painting in Chinese Academy of Fine Arts from 1999 to 2004, and now lives and works in Shanghai.
In the past decade, Chen Yujun’s work focuses on the conflicts between the inner-self and the external influences. He attempts to examine how the individuals from contemporary Asian countries face their own fragmented and shifting identities under the influence of globalization and its evolving cultural position. Among his works, the most well-known series is Temporary Family in creation since 2010.
Brought up in Putian, Fujian Province, Chen Yujun is very interested in the identity shifting experience of his grandfather’s and his father’s generation. In fact, this experience is more common to Chen Yujun and his contemporaries since the “Reform and Opening up” Policy in 1978 made diverse cultures and new concepts accessible. He believes that the reconciliation between the pre-existing internal systems and the ever-changing realities has become a challenge as well as a daily routine for today’s individuals in asian countries. He tries to understand and examine the struggling generated therein, and establishes internal order in the creation of each new work.
With the academic background from Chinese Academy of Fine Arts, Chen Yujun manages to use the tecniques of oil painting, collage, installation and other media with ease. He believes that all materials from life can become a medium of painting or art, and these materials from everyday life will not create a sense of strangeness or distance. Chen Yujun embeds his paintings and collages within the installation that invites the viewers into the work and its logic behind. The concept of space is often emphasized in his work; as the audience can not enter the interior space of the paintings to get a sense of scale, they are forced to experience the transformation between the exterior and interior space.