Zhang Ruyi was born in 1985 in Shanghai. She received her BA degree from the Printmaking Department of the Fine Art College of Shanghai University in 2007 and an MFA from the Fine Art College of Shanghai University in 2012.
A selection of Zhang’s exhibitions include: Gap, Bazaar Compatible, Shanghai, China (2014); Cut | Off, Don Gallery, Shanghai, China (2014); Memo I, White Space - Beijing, China (2013); Revel, MoCA, Shanghai, China (2013). Zhang received the LUO ZHONGLI Contemporary Art Scholarship from Chongqing Art Museum in 2012. Zhang currently lives and works in Shanghai.
Zhang Ruyi’s work mainly explores the relationship between the individual, inhabited spaces, and external environs. She relies on the minutiae of the senses to excavate the objects and natural elements in life that have been 'industrialised'. She represents these perceptions via creative practices involving mixed media in the forms of painting and installation. Her work recovers individualistic modes of existence through an extremely personal perspective that consciously operates within the mainly industrial mechanism of social ecology. The artist’s creative practice converts the individual experience by kneading, tampering with, compressing, and piecing together to produce a visual representation of rational control.