Wang Wei was born in Beijing, China in 1972. He graduated from the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing in 1996. Wang lives and works in Beijing, China.
Solo and group exhibitions include Propaganda Pavilion, Boers-Li Gallery, Beijing, China (2010); The Real Thing: Contemporary Art from China, Tate Liverpool, UK (2007); Foreign Objects, Kunsthalle Wien Project Space, Vienna, Austria (2007); Slash Fiction, artist residency and exhibition, Gasworks, London, UK (2007); International Center of Photography, New York, USA (2004). His work has been included in biennials including: 12th International Architecture Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia, Italy (2010); Shenzhen Hong Kong Bi-City Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism, Shenzhen, China (2009); The First Guangzhou Triennial, Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangdong, China (2002); The Second Guangzhou Triennial, Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangdong, China (2005); International Biennale of Contemporary Art, National Gallery in Prague, Czech Republic (2005). He is one of the co-founders of Arrow Factory (www.arrowfactory.org.cn) an independently run, alternative, storefront art space in the centre of Beijing.
Wang Wei is a multidisciplinary installation artist whose work often examines how the navigation of physical space informs our lived reality. Wang often produces installations that viewers can enter, encouraging a psychological as well as physical exploration of space. Wang’s practice demonstrates his interest in the architectural elements that structure our surroundings. He is concerned with emphasising the human influence that is visible or invisible in our environment. Wang’s works are often influenced by his photography. He uses photography as a starting point to provide the inspiration for his new work and for their documentary ability to facilitate the reproduction of spaces. His recent work has addressed environments as diverse as the Beijing Zoo, the patterns of the mosaic walls found in Southern China and the summer home of Mao Zedong. Through these works, he creates new critical approaches to address the historical, social and political implications of spaces.