Born in 1962, Shanghai, China

Lives and works in Shanghai, China


<b>Untitled</b><br/>Aquatint, dry-point and soft-ground on 2 copper plates, printed in 2 colours<br/><br/>60 x 80 cm, Magnani paper 86 x 120 cm<br/>2012<br/>Edition of 32, IV Artist proofs and 4 dedicated copies. Printed and published by 2RCCAFA - Beijing

Ding Yi (Chinese, b.1962) is a Contemporary painter from Shanghai. He holds degrees from both the Shanghai Arts & Crafts Institute (1983), and Shanghai University’s Fine Arts department (1990). Ding is one of China’s foremost Abstract painters, his work having been exhibited around the world including the Venice Biennale, Yokohama Triennale, and Sydney Biennale. His paintings are characterized by an acute attention to detail, with systematic repetition of forms and layering. The main motif in Ding’s work is the cross shape, which he has used throughout his entire career. The artist is best known for his large-scale, densely patterned paintings. His works from the 1980s were monochrome and influenced by De Stijl and Mondrian. There were no Figurative elements in these pieces, only lines forming patterns of intersecting grids. During the 1990s, Ding began experimenting more with colour, material, and overall technique; his grid pattern is still present during this period, but such materials as charcoal, watercolour, and chalk are seen on a variety of surfaces including screens, fans, and card. Since the 2000s, Ding has worked with a much brighter palette of colour for his work, and continues to produce stunningly intricate paintings. Ding currently lives in Shanghai, painting and lecturing at the Shanghai Arts & Crafts Institute.



1990 Graduated from the Fine Arts Department of Shanghai University, Shanghai, China

1983 Graduated from the Shanghai Arts & Crafts Institute, Shanghai, China


Solo Exhibitions


DING YI - recent works, Galerie Karsten Greve, Cologne, Germany 

Appearance of Crosses from 1989 – 2007, Museo d'Arte Moderna di Bologna, Bologna, Italy 


Graticule – Ding Yi's Works from 1989 to 2006, ShanghART H-Space, Shanghai, China 


Ding Yi – Appearance of Crosses, Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, United Kingdom 


Small Works, ShanghArt Gallery, Shanghai, China 

Crossed Vision, CAAW - China Art Archive & Warehouse, Beijing, China 


Appearance of Crosses, Galerie Urs Meile, Lucerne, Switzerland 


Appearance of Crosses, Galerie Waldburger, Berlin, Germany


Ding Yi: Fluorescence on Tartan, CAAW - China Art Archive & Warehouse, Beijing, China 


Not a Chinese Show, GATE Foundation Gallery, Amsterdam (with Hong Hao), Holland, The Netherlands


Ding Yi: Crosses '89-97, The Art Museum of the Capital Normal University, Beijing, China 


Ding Yi: Crosses '97, Shanghai Art Museum, Shanghai, China 


15 x Red, ShanghArt Gallery Shanghai, Shanghai, China 


Ding Yi - Opere su Carte – Paper Works of Ding Yi, La Galleria degli Archi, Comiso, Italy 


Ding Yi's Work on Paper, Guangzhou Academy of Fine Art, Guangzhou, China 

Ding Yi's Abstract Work, Shanghai Art Museum, Shanghai, China 


Group Exhibitions


The Official Opening of Minsheng Art Museum – Thirty Years of Chinese Contemporary Art 1979-2009, Minsheng Art Museum, Shanghai, China

Exhibition in the Sky, Pudong tower advertisement boards, Shanghai, China 

Shanghai, Asian Art Museum, San Francisco, USA 

Shanghai Modern Exhibition, CAI, Sapporo; Gallery Monma, Sapporo, Japan 

Chinese Contemporary Art in the Year of the Tiger, Centre Culturel de Rencontre, Abbaye de Neumunster, Luxembourg 

Photo Exhibition of Contemporary Artists, Today Art Museum, Beijing, China 

Chinese Contemporary Artist in Their Twenties, Beijing Angle Modern Art, Beijing, China 


ShanghART Group Show, ShanghART Gallery, Shanghai, China 

Footloose, Galerie Waldburger, Brussels, Belgium 

Collision-Experimental Cases of Contemporary Chinese Art, CAFA Art Museum, Beijing, China 

Out of Shanghai, Museum Gegenstandsfreier Kunst, Otterndorf, Germany 

Fan Ceremony-Works On Paper, Yard Gallery, Holywood, United Kingdom 

Domus Collection New York | Beijing, White Space, Beijing, China 

ShanghART Group Show, ShanghART Gallery, Shanghai, China 

Mahjong: Contemporary Chinese Art from the Sigg Collection, Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Mass, USA 

Shanghai History in Making from 1979 till 2009, 436 Jumen Rd., Shanghai, China 

Another scene-artists' projects, concepts and ideas, ShanghART H-Space, Shanghai, China

Warm Up, Minsheng Art Museum, Bldg F, No.570 Huaihai Rd, Shanghai, China 

Un-natural-A New Ciscussion on Nature and Chinese Traditions, Beijing Center for the Arts, Beijing, China

Yi Pai - Century Thinking A Contemporary Art Exhibition, Today Art Museum, Beijing, China

Inaugural Exhibition, Hadrien de Montferrand Gallery, Beijing, China


The Tale of Silk – A Hermès Exhibition, Today Art Museum, Beijing, China


Mahjong - Chinesische Gegenwartskunst aus der Sammlung Sigg, Museum der Moderne, Salzburg, Austria

85 New Wave – The Birth of Chinese Contemporary Art, Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing, China

Strategy on Paper – Works on Paper Invitational, Square Gallery of Contemporary Art, Nanjing, China

The Tale of Silk – A Hermès Exhibition, Today Art Museum, Beijing, China

Rejected Collection – More the 40 Chinese Artists / Over 60 Rejected Proposals, Ke Center for Contemporary Arts, Shanghai, China

Harmony and Difference – East China Contemporary Sculpture Invitational Exhibition, Art Space of Fine Art College, Shanghai University, Shanghai, China

Shanghai Attitude – Invitational, No. 3758 Qixin Rd., Minhang District, Shanghai, China


In the Name of Material, HSS Art Centre, Shanghai, China

Zhangjiang Art Park Opening Ceremony, Zhangjiang Contemporary Art Museum, Shanghai, China

Art in Motion, Museum of Contemporary Art Shanghai, Shanghai, China

Mahjong - Chinesische Gegenwartskunst aus der Sammlung Sigg, Hamburger Kunsthalle, Germany

Hyper Design. 6th Shanghai Biennale, Shanghai Art Museum, Shanghai, China

MOCA Envisagel – Entry Gate: Chinese Aesthetics of Heterogeneity, Museum of Contemporary Art Shanghai, Shanghai, China

Contemporary China, PKM Gallery, Seoul, Korea

The Blossoming of Realism – The Oil Painting of Mainland China Since 1978, Fine Arts Museum, Taipei, Taiwan

Works on Paper, Xuhui Art Museum, Shanghai, China

Transform-Artists Created by Their Works, Jing Art Gallery, Shanghai, China


Pictorial DNA Made in China, Galerie Urs Meile. Beijing-Lucerne, Lucerne, Switzerland

Mahjong - Chinesische Gegenwartskunst aus der Sammlung Sigg, Kunstmuseum Bern, Switzerland

Alien Illusion, Shanghai Art Museum, Shanghai, China

Shenzhen Art Biennale, OCT Contempory Art Centre, Shenzhen, China

Cina. Prospettive d' arte contemporanea / China: As Seen by Contemporary Chinese Artists, Provincia di Milano, Spazio Oberdan, Milan, Italy


Persona3, China Art Archives & Warehouse (CAAW), Beijing, China

Shanghai Modern, Museum Villa Stuck, Munich, Germany

DIAL 62761232, Callers Location, Shanghai, China

Dreaming of the Dragon's Nation: Contemporary Art from China, Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA), Dublin, Ireland


Chinese Maximalism, Millennium Art Museum, Beijing, China

New Painting, Yibo Gallery, Shanghai, China

Junction-Chinese Contemporary Architecture of Art, Lianyang Architecture Art Museum, Shanghai, China

Open Sky, Grand Opening of Shanghai Duolun Museum of Modern Art , Duolun Museum of Modern Art, Shanghai, China

An Openning Era, NAMOC (National Art Museum of China), Beijing, China


The 1st Guangzhou Triennial, Guangzhou Museum of Art, Guangzhou, China

Crossing Cultures, Kunsthaus Muerz, Mürzzuschlag, Austria

Ost + West, Kunsthaus Wien, Vienna, Austria

24:30 Contemporary Art Exhibition, Bizart, Shanghai, China

2002 Shanghai Abstract Art Group Show, Liu Haisu Art museum, Shanghai, China

Metaphysics 2002, Shanghai Art Museum, Shanghai, China

Two Abstract artists in Shanghai, ShanghART Gallery, Shanghai, China


Take Part II, Galerie Urs Meile, Beijing-Lucerne, Lucerne, Switzerland

As Long As They Catch Mice..., Munkeruphus, Dronningmolle, Denmark

1st Chengdu Biennale, Chengdu, China

Gallery Opening, Goedhuis Contemporary, New York, USA

Take Part I, Galerie Urs Meile, Beijing-Lucerne, Lucerne, Switzerland

Living in Time, Contemporary Artists from China, Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin, Germany

Off Triennial, Zeit Gallery, Yokohama, Japan

Yokohama Triennial, Yokohama, Japan

Towards a New Image, Twenty Years of Chinese Contemporary Painting, National Art Museum of China, Beijing; Shanghai Art Museum, Shanghai; Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou; Chengdu Modern Art Museum, Chengdu, China

Ornament & Abstraction, Museum Beyeler, Basel, Switzerland

Inauguration Exhibition of the New Gallery, China Art Archive & Warehouse (CAAW), Beijing, China

Metaphysics 2001, Shanghai Art Museum, Shanghai, China


Looking In / Looking Out, Art Show 2, East Quad Art Gallery, University of Michigan, Michigan, USA

Fuck off, Eastlink Gallery, Shanghai, China

Shanghai 2000, Walsh Gallery, Chicago, USA

2000 China - Korea - Japan, Contemporary Art Exhibition, Changning Cultural District Center, Shanghai, China


Last Five Minutes, EastLink Gallery, Shanghai, China Collecting Exhibition, Modern Chinese Art Foundation, Caermersklooster, Belgium

Looking In / Looking Out, Plug in Gallery, Winnipeg, Canada

Concepts Color and Passions, China Art Archives & Warehouse, Beijing, China


Open Channels, The First Collecting Exhibition of Dong Yu Museum of Fine Arts, Dong Yu Museum, Shengyang, China

Abstract Art in City, Shanghai Art Academy, Shanghai, China


Every day, 11th Biennale of Sydney, Contemporary Art Museum, Sidney, Australia

Mondrian in China - A Documentary Exhibition with Chinese Originals, The Art Gallery of the Beijing "Mondrian in China - A Documentary Exhibition with Chinese Originals",The Art Gallery of the Beijing"Mondrian in China - A Documentary Exhibition with Chinese Originals", The Art Gallery of the Beijing "Mondrian in China - A Documentary Exhibition with Chinese Originals", The Art Gallery of the Beijing International Art Palace Beijing, Shanghai Library, Guangdong Museum of Art, China

Jiang Nan - From the South of the Yangzi River, Charles H., Scott Gallery Vancouver,  Vancouver, Canada

Eight Chinese Artists, Gallery Urs Meile, Lucerne, Switzerland

AAA, Angulliara Ad Arte, Roma, Italy

China!, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, Germany


In Between Limits - An Aspect of Chinese Contemprary Art, Sonje Museum of Contemporary Art, Klungju, Korea

Chinese Abstraction, Gallery Ursula Krinzing, Vienna, Austria

China!, Artist's House, Vienna, Austria; Zacheta National Gallery of Art, Warsaw, Poland; Charlottenburg Exhibition Centre, Copenhagen, Denmark

A point of Contact - Korean, Chinese, Japanese Contemporary Art, Taegu Art & Culture Hall, Taegu, Korea

The Collection of Shanghai Art Museum, Inchon New World Art Museum, Inchon, Korea

Works by Shanghai Artists, Art Association Exhibition Hall, St. Petersburg, Russia

New Art from China, Flanders Contemporary Art, Minnesota, USA

The Chinese Roots, Shanghai Art Museum, Shanghai, China

Handover Exhibition, Hong Kong Exhibition Centre, Hong Kong, China

Conteporary Chinese Art, Changning District Cultural Centre, Shanghai, China

Quotation Marks - Chinese Contemporary Paintings, Singapore Art Museum (SAM), Singapore

Outburst, Shanghai Art Academy, Shanghai, China


China!, Kunstmuseum Bonn, Bonn, Germany

Chinese Abstraction, Michael Wardell Gallery, Melbourne, Australia

Direct d'Art, Salon International d'Art Contemporain, Nice, France

Shanghai First International Fax Art Exhibition, Hua San Art School, Shanghai, China

The First China Oil Painting Society Exhibition, China Art Museum, Beijing, China

Canton, Shanghai, Beijing, Central Art Academy, Beijing, China

In China Part II, World Trade Center, Bremen, Germany

Shanghai Art Biannual, Art Museum, Shanghai, China


Shanghai Abstract Art, ShanghART, Shanghai, China

Change - Chinese Contemporary Art, Konst Museum Goeteborg and the Joenkoeping Laens Museum, Sweden

New Chinese Art: 1990 - 1994, at the Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, Canada

Des Pais del Centre - Avantguardes Artistiques Xineses, Vancouver Art Gallery, Barcelona, Spain

In China, Gallery Carol Johnssen, Munich, Germany

New Chinese Art: 1990 – 1994, Art Centre, Chicago, USA

Making Their Mark, Works on Paper, Gallery Melbourne, Meridian, Australia

Aura Aurea, Chlostri Benedettini, Reggio Emilia, Italy

Chinese Contemporary Art, Goethe Institute, Beijing, China


Union-Exhibition of Six Artists Abstract Art Works, Han Art TZ Gallery, Hong Kong, China


China Avant-garde, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, Germany; Kunsthal Rotterdam, The Netherlands; Museum of Modern Art Oxford, UK; Kunsthallen Brandts Klaedefabrik, Odense, Denmark

La Biennale di Venezia, XLV Espozione Internazionale D'Arte, Venezia, Italy

Shanghai Modern Art Exhibition, Gallery of Modern Art, Yokohama, Japan

Asia-Pacific Triennal of Contemporary Art, Queensland Art Gallery, Queensland, Australia

Mao Goes Pop - China Post '89, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney; Victoria National Gallery, Melbourne, Australia


China Avant/Garde, National Gallery, Beijing, China


Exhibition of Today's Art, Shanghai Art Museum, Shanghai, China


The First Exhibition of Young Shanghai Artists, Shanghai Artist Gallery, Shanghai, China

Inauguration Exhibition of the Shanghai Art Museum, Shanghai, China

Concave-Convex, Xuhui Cultural Centre, Shanghai, China


Exhibition of Modern Art by Six Artists, Fudan University, Shanghai, China