Zhang Yanzi was born in 1967 in Zhenjiang, China. Zhang studied Chinese painting and literature in Beijing, receiving her MFA from the Central Academy of Fine Arts and her MA from Capital Normal University. She is currently based in Beijing and serves as the Editor-in-Chief of CAFA ART INFO at the Central Academy of Fine Arts.
Zhang’s hometown, Zhenjiang, consists many islands in the middle reaches of the Yangtze River. The vapor of the river and evening breeze in her childhood memories endowed her with the ability to paint in poetic and pictorial splendor. With a self-consciously feminine aesthetic and ease, she created a verisimilar variety of microscopic worlds by her graceful application of ink and color.
Zhang’s works have been exhibited widely nationally and internationally. Her recent exhibitions include Essence: Zhang Yanzi Solo Exhibition at Hong Kong Museum of Medical Sciences (2016); The Antidote: Zhang Yanzi’s Exhibition at 5art, Guangzhou (2015); The Remedy included in Insights, Art Basel Hong Kong, sponsored by Galerie Ora-Ora (2015); The Remedy: Solo Show of Zhang Yanzi at PAN, Palazzo delle Arti di Napoli (2014); Blooming Season and Solace of Art, solo show at Shanghai Reflex Art (2014); The Remedy, solo show at Today Art Museum (2013); Walk While Stepping on the Gauze - Solo Exhibition of Zhang Yanzi, Shanghai Art Museum (2010). Zhang’s work The Remedy was awarded the Best Artwork of 2013 LuXun Culture Awards. Her works have been included in the collections of museums, art institutions, and private collections, including National Art Museum of China, Beijing, and M+ in Hong Kong.