Kaifan Wang was born in 1996 in Hohhot, China. Wang’s work is informed to a certain extent by his childhood memories of his home city, which has a long cultural history, also marked by urban development and the alienation from natural environment. Drawing from his memories and life experiences, Wang expresses in his work a kind of latent struggle, which might develop, also formally, into synthesis of ideas and forms. Acknowledging that Chinese and Western abstract paintings have originated from different intellectual traditions, Wang reflects in his work on various cultures and identities. From a young age, Wang studied traditional Chinese painting before moving to Beijing, where he encountered and researched contemporary art. The artist studied in Shanghai and Florence, before completing his Fine Arts education at the Universität der Künste in Berlin in 2022. Wang currently lives and works in Berlin.
Solo exhibitions of Wang include “Whistling Dune” at GNYP Berlin 2022, “Lunar Fountains” at Long Story Short/Los Angeles 2023 and the solo exhibition “Is the spot on the neck bitten by mosquitoes?” at GNYP Antwerp. Selected group exhibitions in 2023 include “Inquiry to the Wall” at Tang Contemporary, Bejing, the upcoming exhibition “Bordercrossing: Possibilities and Interactions at Yuz Museum”, Shanghai and upcoming group exhibition TBT at Commune Gallery, Vienna.