About Chen Tianzhuo - 关于陈天灼


Chen Tianzhuo (b.1985) was born and currently lives in Beijing. After graduating from Central St. Martins College of Art and Design in London in 2009, he received his Master’s degree in Fine Arts from the Chelsea College of Art and Design in 2010.

Transcending the self and triggering frenzy are the incentives that seemingly motivate Chen Tianzhuo’s artwork. As a younger generation artist, Chen Tianzhuo skillfully works between the artistic disciplines of installation, performance, video, drawing on paper and photography. Many of his artworks require others’ participation or that of the audience so to take the form of a “happening”, such as an underground party, staged performance, or more conceptually, a constructed ritual site, and ultimately transforming reality into fantasy. Within his artworks, Chen mixes his well versed knowledge of elements and symbols found in religion (like Buddhism, Hinduism, Christianity, and Shamanism), subculture (like cult cultures, drag and rave), popular culture (such as cartoons, hip hop and electronic music), and dance (like Japanese Butoh and Vogueing) in order to juxtapose the atmosphere, and cause the audience/participants to transcend both superficial sates of the body and spirit. Ultimately, arriving at, what the artist himself has referred to, as a “state of madness.”

Chen Tianzhuo has exhibited and performed internationally at The Broad Museum (Los Angeles), Front Triennial (Cleveland), Barbican Centre (London), Theater Der Welt (Hamburg), Palais De Tokyo, (Paris), Tokyo Festival (Tokyo), Kunsthalle Winterthur (Winterthur), BOCA Biennale (Lisbon), among many others. 

Portrait of Chen Tianzhuo: Photo by Feng Yu, © Faurschou Foundation.