Born in 1965, Zhang Enli lives and works in Shanghai as a painter. His paintings depict the familiar and overlooked, everyday objects connected through the artist’s immediate surroundings. He produces works that invite universal interpretation. He often works in series, such as his paintings that focus on the idea of the container – cardboard boxes, ashtrays, tin chests and lavatories. From Zhang Enli’s subtle observations of the contemporary urban environment emerges a sense of a neglected past and a timeless quality that transcends any rootedness in the present.
2011 Solo Exhibition, Shanghai Art Museum, Shanghai ; Beyond the Crisis, The 6th Curitiba Biennial, Museu Alfredo Andersen, Curitiba, Brazil ; Solo Exhibition, Hauser & Wirth, New York, U.S.A.
2010 Gwangju Biennale 2010, 10,000 Lives, Gwangju Biennale Hall, Gwangju museum of Art, Gwangju Folk Museum, Korea; Solo Exhibition, Minsheng Art Museum, Shanghai
2009 solo exhibition, Kunsthalle Bern, Bern, Switzerland; Solo exhibition, Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, U.K.
2008 Trans Local Motion—7th Shanghai Biennale 2008, Shanghai Art Musuem, Shanghai;
2007 Circulate, there is nothing to see, Objectif exhibitions, Kunsthalle Bern, Antwerp, Belgium; 2006 Infinite Painting, Contemporary Painting and Global Realism, Villa Manin - Centre for Contemporary Art Passariano, Codroipo (Udine), Italy