Close-up of Zhang Ruyi as she stands on a green stairway

Zhang Ruyi

Harmonies of concrete and organic matter.

“We will all be disciplined by the world, yet we can choose the way we are going to be disciplined.”

Zhang questions everything. Her intuitive mixed-media practice juxtaposes materials to reframe ideas of everyday life. Exploring the relationship between personal identity and the urban landscape, her central motif – cacti – functions as an unlikely self-portrait. Meditating on the effects of rapid urbanisation, Zhang creates subversive, and quietly surreal interior displays in concrete. By hand-c...

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Bio

Zhang Ruyi was born in 1985 in Shanghai, China, where she continues to live and work.

Accolades

Ruyi received the Creative M50 Young Artist Award in 2012, the YISHU 8 Creative Young Artist Award five years later, and was nominated for the Frieze London Artist Award in 2018.

Did you know?

A recurring cactus motif in the artist's work acts as a symbolic self-portrait for her experiences of struggling as an early career, female artist – and the prickly exterior they foster.

Collaborations with Zhang Ruyi

Avant Arte and Zhang Ruyi have one upcoming collaboration.