Shi Zhiying has become well known in her native China for stark monochromatic paintings of uniform vistas in open ocean water, sand, grass… she deals with objects’ state of existence in her painting practice. Emphasized in her practice is the interchange of appearance with disappearance: the quality and scale of water, rock, containers, the figure of buddhas, beads are described in painterly strokes. However, the shapes are not definite, but formed by independent lines, brushstrokes, and the paints, conveying an immanent rhythmic logic, stablishing a stable and sensational structure in the process of interacting with the visual experience. The artist demonstrates, via her smooth and insightful paintings, the transience of a being’s life, captures the extremely gradual transition that happens in the space between objects, the painting surfaces, and the present experience.


Shi Zhiying (b. 1979, Shanghai, China) received her MFA from the Department of Oil Painting at the Fine Arts College of Shanghai University (SHU). Her recent solo exhibition include: Shi Zhiying: Stones and Stories, Yuz Museum, Shanghai, China (2024); Shi Zhiying, WHITE SPACE, Beijing, China (2022); Shi Zhiying: The City of Illusion, MATTHEW LIU FINE ARTS, Shanghai, China (2022); Relative Distance, SPSI Art Museum, Shanghai, China (2019); SHI ZHIYING, Orange County Museum of Art, California, USA (2017). Her recent group exhibition include: A Theatre of Waiting, The Cloud Collection, Nanjing, China (2023); “Super Fusion” – Chengdu Biennale, Chengdu MOCA, Sichuan, China (2021); Legacies of Exchange: Chinese Contemporary Art from the Yuz Foundation, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, USA (2021); The Return of Guests: Selection from the PSA Collection, Power Station of Art (PSA), Shanghai, China, (2019); Hot Blood, White Rabbit Gallery, Sydney, Australia (2019); Post-Brushwork Era: Chinese Landscape, Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou, China; Zhejiang Museum of Art, Hangzhou, China (2018); Visual Questions, Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou, China (2017); Yinchuan Biennale – For An Image, Faster Than Light, MOCA YIN CHUAN, Yin Chuan, China (2016); New Capital, Museum of Contemporary Art Chengdu, Chengdu, China (2016); My Generation: Young Chinese Artists, Orange County Museum of Art, California, USA (2015); Conversation through the Asian collections, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia (2015); Aura of Poetry, Museum Contemporary Art Shanghai, Shanghai, China (2014). Shi Zhiying currently lives and works in Shanghai, China.