Ce Jian’s works deal with pictorial traditions and visual concepts that have their origins in cultural and art history and extend into today’s digital image worlds. She is interested in questions of a technically transformed aesthetic and physicality, and discusses them in her carefully composed paintings with an expressive palette and spontaneous gestures, which serve as a counterbalance to her conceptual framework.

Her art revolves around the tension between rational constructions and their artificiality on one side and human experience, our perception and feeling, on the other. Ce Jian uses painting as a historically influenced manual medium in which both knowledge and emotions are encoded. Her interest in illusionism, camouflage and perspective – whether in a spatial construction, anamorphosis or stage design – stems from this. She plays with the double status of the physical and virtual presence of her paintings, which is why she often uses the exhibition space to create a fusion of reality and pictorial reality.


Ce Jian was born in 1984 in Shandong/China and has lived in Germany since 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, receiving 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 

  • 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
  • 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

  • 2023
    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
    Story, 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
    Wanted Duchamps 3, Lage Egal, Berlin, Germany
    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