Jia Aili was born in Dandong, China, in 1979 and lives and works in Beijing. In 2004 he graduated from the New Representationalism Studio of the Lu Xun Academy of Fine Arts, where he subsequently taught from 2005 to 2007, before focusing exclusively on his career as a painter.
Recent solo institutional exhibitions include The Wasteland, Platform China Contemporary Art Institute, Beijing (2007); Make Believe . . . , Iniva (Institute of International Visual Arts), London (2010); Good Morning, World!, He Xiangning Art Museum OCT Contemporary Art Terminal, Shenzhen, China (2010); Seeker of Hope, Singapore Art Museum (2012); Jia Aili, Teatrino di Palazzo Grassi, Venice (2015); and Jia Aili, Centro de Arte Contemporáneo de Málaga, Spain (2017).
He participated in the collateral events of the 54th Biennale di Venezia, Venice 2011.
Fairs, Events & Announcements
Art Basel Hong Kong
March 29–31, 2018, booth ICI8
Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center
Gagosian is pleased to participate in Art Basel Hong Kong. To view highlights from the booth in advance of the fair visit www.artsy.com. Our presentation will include works by Georg Baselitz, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Joe Bradley, Cecily Brown, Glenn Brown, Alexander Calder, John Currin, Willem de Kooning, Edmund De Waal, Jean Dubuffet, Urs Fischer, Lucio Fontana, Walton Ford, Katharina Grosse, Mark Grotjahn, Andreas Gursky, Damien Hirst, Jia Aili, Anish Kapoor, Yves Klein, Karen Kneffel, Jeff Koons, Harmony Korine, Roy Lichtenstein, Takashi Murakami, Takashi Murakami & Virgil Abloh, Albert Oehlen, Nam June Paik, Francis Picabia, Pablo Picasso, Sterling Ruby, Ed Ruscha, Jenny Saville, Richard Serra, Rudolf Stingel, Mark Tansey, Cy Twombly, Andy Warhol, Jonas Wood, Christopher Wool, and Zeng Fanzhi. Tickets are available at www.artbasel.com.
Zeng Fanzhi, 8, 2018 © Zeng Fanzhi 2018
November 8–12, 2017, booth C02
Shanghai Exhibition Center
Gagosian is pleased to participate in Art021 Shanghai 2017, presenting a selection of works by Joe Bradley, Alexander Calder, Dan Colen, Frank Gehry, Katharina Grosse, Mark Grotjahn, Damien Hirst, Carsten Höller, Jia Aili, Y.Z. Kami, Harmony Korine, Takashi Murakami, Ed Ruscha, Tatiana Trouvé, and Jonas Wood.
Jia Aili, Stardust Hermit, 2017 © Jia Aili Studio. Photo courtesy Jia Aili Studio
Gagosian is pleased to announce the global representation of Jia Aili, one of China’s foremost contemporary artists. Born in the late 1970s, Jia has developed a practice that reflects on arts and philosophy from both East and West. While the content of his epic figurative paintings is unmistakably of his own time and cultural context, his formal virtuosity and complex layering of narrative reveal a deep and astute working knowledge of the inventions and traditions of painting from the Renaissance to the present day.
Jia Aili, Geometry in the Sky, 2017. Photo courtesy Jia Aili Studio