Cheng Ran was born in 1981 in Inner Mongolia. He attended the China Academy of Art in Hangzhou. Cheng lives and works between Hangzhou and Amsterdam.
Selected solo exhibitions include: K11, HK; Unlimited, Art Basel; Adrift, OCAT Shenzhen (2016); Orange Blue – In the Process of a Film, YUAN Space, Beijing; A Film in Progress, Galerie Urs Meile, Lucerne; In Course of the Miraculous, Galerie Urs Meile, Beijing; Orange Blue, Art Nest, Hangzhou; I Love Shanghai, Shanghai Loves Me, ART021, Shanghai; Anti-Persistence, chi K11, Shanghai; SALTWATER: a Theory of Thought Forms, 14th Istanbul Biennial, Istanbul; When I Give, I Give Myself, Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam; Inside China: L’Intérieur du Géant, K11, HK; chi K11; A Telephone Booth Romance, LEO XU PROJECTS, Shanghai; We have never participated, 8th Shenzhen Sculpture Biennale, OCAT, Shenzhen; Decorum: carpets and tapestries by artists, Power Station of Art, Shanghai; Video Art Auction Pixeling; Existence Without Air, Food, or Water, Galerie Urs Meile, Lucerne; The Last Generation, Galerie Urs Meile, Beijing; CHENG RAN, Video Bureau, Guangzhou; Degeneration, OCAT, Shanghai; RijksakademieOPEN 2013, Amsterdam; West Bund 2013 A Biennial of Architecture and Contemporary Art, Shanghai; Silent Cinema, ARARIO Gallery, Seoul; Cheng Ran: What Why How, LEO XU PROJECTS, Shanghai (2012); Immersion and Distance, UCCA, Beijing (2009).
In his practice Cheng Ran employs various different media including video, installation and performance. He also frequently borrows elements from other disciplines such as film, poetry, fiction and music creating poetic and dream-like scenes in reality. Cheng strives to accomplish work that addresses complex and sensitive spiritual conditions that are near impossible to represent through objectified aesthetic forms. When an audience member enters his works they become participants in a drama, but also part of a sculpture.