Ce Jian’s work delves into the physicality of bodies and the illusionistic methods used to represent them. Across her paintings, drawings, and installations, she explores the intersection of body and space, navigating between organic growth and technical construction. Drawing from historical pictorial traditions, she reinterprets them within the framework of contemporary digital visual culture. Her work centers on the artificial structure and aesthetics of technologically transformed bodies, whether human figures or objects, employing diverse approaches to highlight their distortion and hybridization.

Ce Jian views painting as a historically rich medium that encodes both knowledge and emotions. She strives for a visual language that reflects the complexity of today’s image-saturated world. Throughout her practice, she underscores painting’s dual nature as both a tangible entity and a virtual window. Within her compositional framework, Ce Jian’s paintings reveal their own physical presence through textured, layered surfaces that combine geometric clarity with expressive gestures, color fields, and delicate drawings.

In her recent works, Ce Jian creates hybrid figures inspired by mythological beasts from European culture. These fantastical creatures are modeled in the likeness of industrial robots, blending technical components with elements drawn from art and natural history. Through fluid metamorphosis, Ce Jian explores the boundaries between the human and non-human, the biological and mechanical. She particularly focuses on the gendered concept of monstrosity, evident in both classical mythology and modern technology, where sphinxes and cyborgs converge as menacing figures characterized by their formidable composite bodies and enigmatic intelligence. The focus on the intersection between history and futurism is a central theme in her work.


Ce Jian was born in 1984 in Shandong/China and emigrated to Germany in 1988. She studied fine arts with Georg Baselitz, Daniel Richter and Robert Lucander at the Berlin University of the Arts, where she graduated as Meisterschueler in 2008. She also studied art history, philosophy and East Asian art history at the Humboldt University and Freie Universität Berlin, obtaining a M.A. (Magister Artium) degree in 2009. She received a Ph.D. in art and visual history from the Humboldt University in 2017, with a scholarship from the Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes.

She currently lives and works in Berlin.


Solo Exhibitions 

  • 2023
    Belly of the Beast, White Space, Beijing, China
  • 2021
    Paradise, White Space, Beijing, China
  • 2019
    Words of Art, Ce Jian & Yuzheng Cheng, Yell Space, Shanghai, China
  • 2018
    Armada, White Space, Beijing, China
    On Paper 2, Zapbeijing, Beijing, China
    Bannermen, Gallery SU:, Seoul, Korea
  • 2017
    Transeuropa, Ce Jian & Yuzheng Cheng, Whiteconcepts, Berlin, Germany
    CAPTCHA, Philine Cremer Gallery, Dusseldorf, Germany
  • 2016
    The Grand Illusion, White Space, Beijing, China
    Elephant, NON Berlin, Berlin, Germany
  • 2015
    Velum, Philine Cremer Gallery, Dusseldorf, Germany
  • 2014
    Projection, White Space, Beijing, China
    Frontiers, Philine Cremer Gallery, Dusseldorf, Germany
    Tangram, Galerie Herold, Bremen, Germany
  • 2012
    Smile Without A Face, White Space, Beijing, China
    A Maze, Galerija Contra, Koper, Slovenia
  • 2011
    The Maker, Alexander Ochs Galleries, Berlin, Germany
    Models, Galerija Contra, Koper, Slovenia
  • 2010
    Fact=Fiction, White Space, Beijing, China
    Marco Polo. A Travel Guide, Andrew James Art, Shanghai, China
  • 2009
    1 für ALLE, Läkemäker Gallery, Berlin, Germany
  • 2008
    Wie Sie sehen…, Läkemäker Gallery, Berlin, Germany

Selected Group Exhibitions

  • 2024
    Returning to the Sea, TAG Art Museum, Qingdao, China
    Worlds Beyond, Unit London, UK
  • 2023
    From the Other Hill, Guardian Art Center, Beijing, China
    Form and Meaning, Yuan Art Museum, Beijing, China
    From Body to Dream, Braverman Gallery, Tel Aviv, Israel
    Painting Unsettled, UCCA Edge, Shanghai, China
  • 2022
    The Situation is Excellent, Glue, Berlin, Germany
    Persona and Parasite, White Space, Beijing, China
    The Hearing Trumpet: Part 1, Galerie Marguo, Paris, France
  • 2021
    Parallel Universes – Parafacts and Parafictions, designrepublic, Shanghai, China
    Chengdu Biennale, Chengdu, China
    Futurism of the Past, Beijing Contemporary Art Expo, Beijing, China
    Sonderlage, Lage Egal, Berlin, Germany
  • 2020
    El Lissitzky’s Rooms, Surplus Space, Wuhan, China
  • 2019
    A White Space Odyssey, White Space, Beijing, China
    Kunstraum Berlin, German Embassy, Beijing, Germany
    Yellow Reflection, Galerie Liusa Wang, Paris, France
    The X / Part 1, Whiteconcepts, Berlin, Germany
  • 2018
    Art Patrons, Qiao Space, Shanghai, China
    A World in a Grain of Sand, Fosun Foundation Collection, Sanya, China
    Remixing Ground: Deconstructing Damage, La Chapelle de Clairefontaine, France
  • 2017
    The Second Self, Peres Projects, Berlin, Germany
    The 6th Art Sanya / Huayu Youth Award 2017, Sanya, China
    On Paper One, Zapbeijing, Beijing, China
    I’m not a robot, Ce Jian & Lin Ke, Philine Cremer Gallery, Dusseldorf, Germany
  • 2016
    Our Painting, Yang Art Museum, Beijing, China
    Painting As Straight Gate, Hive Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing, China
    New Capitalism, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chengdu, China
    B-Movie, J:Gallery, Shanghai, China
  • 2015
    Saloon, Sexauer Gallery, Berlin, Germany
  • 2014
    Painting Lesson IV, Yang Gallery, Beijing, China
  • 2013
    Aufwachen! Besser machen!, Kleine Humboldt-Galerie, Berlin, Germany


Studio Ce Jian
Kurfürstenstraße 15-16
10785 Berlin, Germany



Studio Ce Jian
Kurfürstenstraße 15-16
10785 Berlin