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Wind/Horse/Flag, 2008 Mixed Media Installation © Courtesy of the artist and Eli Klein, NY
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Demolition, 1999 Photograph © Courtesy of the artist and Eli Klein, NY
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Dialogue P. 50, 1997 Photograph © Courtesy of the artist and Eli Klein, NY
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Untitled , 2007 Neon and Copper 46 X 36 X 4.2 in © Courtesy of the artist &Dranoff Fine Art
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Suicide Bronze 93 X 73 Cm © Courtesy of the artist & Chinese Contemporary Ltd
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Man and Beast , 2008 Resin 350 X 200 X 280 Cm © Courtesy of the artist & Eli Klein Fine Art
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Slogan C9 , 2009 Acrylic on Vinyl 200 X 180 Cm © Courtesy of the artist & Eli Klein Fine Art
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New Slogan, Acrylic on canvas 2010 © Courtesy of the artist & Eli Klein Fine Art
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AK47, 2005 Silkscreen © Courtesy of the artist and Eli Klein, NY
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AK-47 (H9), 2008 Acrylic on Vinyl © Courtesy of the artist and Eli Klein, NY
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Lei Feng Learns Shooting, 2010 Silkscreen, Oil on Canvas © Courtesy of the artist and Eli Klein, NY
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Dialogue pg. 22, 1995 23.7 X 35.7 In. © Zadok Art Gallery
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Chairman Mao and Shepherd, 1956* 45" X 25" © Walsh Gallery
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Chairman Mao in Northern Shaanxi © Walsh Gallery
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DEMOLITION - Dialogue Mixed Media 46 X 35 Inches © Robischon Gallery
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Mao in Yan'an 145.5x94.5cm © OV Gallery
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Mao and Stalin 103x149cm © OV Gallery
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N.10. May 1958 Mao Zedong taking part into the volunteer labor, 2006 C-print 24 X 44 Inches © Kiang Gallery
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N.24. 1959 Chairman Mao with friends from Africa,Asia and Latin America, 2006 C-print 24 X 44 Inches © Kiang Gallery
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New People, 2008 Synthetic Resin 25.9 X 18.5 X 23.1 Cm © Eli Klein Fine Art
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Meditation, 2008 Bronze 39 3/8 X 35 3/8 X 37 3/8 Inches © Eli Klein Fine Art
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Slogan 79, 2010 Acrylic on Vinyl 59 X 47 1/4 Inches (150 X 120 Cm) © Courtesy of the artist & Eli Klein Fine Art
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Square No. 4, 2014 Fiberglass and Baking Varnish 78 3/4 X 41 3/8 X 27 1/2 Inches (190 X 105 X 70 Cm) © Courtesy of the artist & The Klein Sun Gallery
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Quick Facts
Birthplace
Harbin, China
Birth year
1963
Lives in
Beijing
Works in
Beijing
Statement

Zhang Dali is a Chinese artist. After studying painting in China, he went to Italy, where he discovered graffiti art. He was the only graffiti artist in Beijing throughout the early 1990s, and is the first artist since Keith Haring and Jackson Pollock to be given the cover of Time magazine.

From 1995 to 1998 he spray-painted over 2000 giant profiles of his own bald head on buildings throughout Beijing, placing the images alongside 'chai' characters painted by the city authorities to indicate that a building is scheduled for demolition. The appearance of these images became the subject of media debate in Beijing in 1998.

He has shown work internationally in many exhibitions including the International Center for Photography in New York, Courtyard Gallery in Beijing, Institute of Contemporary Arts in London, Kunstnernes Hus in Oslo and the 2006 Gwangju Biennale in Korea.

Zhang Dali Biography










1963 Born in Harbin, Heilongjiang Province, China






1987 Graduated from the National Academy of Fine Arts & Design, Beijing







Currently lives and works in Beijing





Selected Exhibitions










2008 SLOGANS, Kiang Gallery, Atlanta, GA (solo)






2007 Zhang Dali: Chinese Offspring, Chinese Contemporary Gallery, New York, USA (solo)






2007 Red Hot! Asian Art from the Chaney Family Collection, Houston Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, USA






2007 Past Forward, Oriental Vista Art Collections, Shanghai, China






2007 La Cina e vicina, Mediterranea Gallery, Palermo, Italy






2007 Three Unitary, ddm, Shanghai, China






2006 - 2007 China now - Kunst in Zeiten des Umbruchs, Sammlung Essl - Kunsthaus, Klosterneuburg






2006 Gwangju Biennale 2006, Gwangju Biennale Foundation, Gwangju La Cina, Spazio Oberdan, Milan, Italy






2006 Chinese contemporary Sculpture exhibition, Museum Beelden aan Zee, Holland






2006 The Game of Realism, Beijing Commune Gallery, Beijing, China






2006 Mayfly, Beijing Commune Gallery, Beijing, China






2006 Sublimation - A New Project by Zhang Dali, Walsh Gallery, Chicago, IL, (solo)






2005 - 2006 The Wall, Millennium Museum, Beijing, China






2004 - 2006 Regeneration, Samek Art Gallery, Bucknell Univ., Lewisburg, PA, & touring USA






2005 XIANFENG:Chinese Contemporary Sculpture exhibition, Museum Beelden aan Zee, Holland






2005 The game of Realism, Beijing Commune Gallery, Beijing, China, (solo)






2005 Mayfly, Beijing Commune Gallery, Beijing, China, (solo)






2004 Triennial of Photography, ICP, New York






2004 Summer Exhibition, Chinese Contemporary Art Gallery, London






2004 Me!Me!Me!, The Court Yard Gallery, Beijing, China






2004 Inaugural Exhibition, Chinese Contemporary Beijing, China






2004 Between Past and Future: New Photography and Video from China






2004 International Center for Photography, New York






2003 Left Hand - Right Hand, 798 Space, Beijing, China






2003 Festival Internazionale di Roma, L'Officina-Arte del Borghetto Rome,Italy






2003 China-Germany Art, factory 798, Beijing, China






2003 The Logan Collection, Denver Art Museum, Denver, USA






2002 The Second Pingyao International Photography Festival, Shanxi Province, China






2002 Headlines, Chinese Contemporary Art Gallery, London, (solo)






2002 Base Gallery, Tokyo, (solo)






2002 New Photography from China, Beijing, China






2002 Nan Xiao Jie Demolition Moving Exhibition, Nan Xiao Jie, Beijing, China






2002 A Decade of Experimental Chinese Art, Guangzhou Triennial






2002 Guangdong Museum of Art, Er-Sha Island, Guangzhou






2002 Asian Party, Global Game, Chinese Contemporary at ARCO Madrid, Spain






2001 Cross Pressures, Oulu City Art Museum, Finland






2001 Hot Pot, Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo, Norway






2001 China Art Now, Singapore Art Museum






2001 Contemporary Chinese Photography, Finland Museum of Photography, Helsinki & Oulu Art Museum, Oulu






2001 Group Exhibition, Courtyard Gallery, Beijing






2001 Singapore Art Museum, Singapore






2001 Osaka Triennale, Osaka - awarded Bronze Prize






2000 Everyday Attitude, Upriver Gallery, Chengdu






2000 Serendipity, The Japan Foundation Asia Center, Tokyo






2000 Food as Art, Club Vogue, Beijing






2000 Thought Brand Meat Mincer (performance), Dongsi 8 Tiao, Beijing






2000 Artistes Contemporains Chinois, Musee des Tapisseries, Aix-en-Provence






2000 Anthropology of the Landscape, Lang Island, Guilin, China






2000 Summer Group Exhibition, Chinese Contemporary Gallery, London






2000 Dystopia+Identity in the age of Global Communication, Tribes Gallery, New York






2000 AK-47, Courtyard Gallery, Beijing, (solo)






2000 Dialogue-Shanghai, Courtyard Gallery, Shanghai, (solo)






2000 Fuck Off, Eastlink Gallery, Shanghai






1999 - 2000 Transparence, opacite? ACAVA-De Martken, Brussels






1999 Chinese Contemporary Gallery, London, (solo)






1999 Demolition and Dialogue, Courtyard Gallery, Beijing & Shenzhen, (solo)






1999 Transparence - Opacite?, ACAVA, Aosta, Aix-en-Provence, Paris, Brussels






1999 Beijing in London, Institute of Contemporary Art, London






1999 Food for Thought, Mu Art Foundation, Eindhoven, the Netherlands






1999 Contemporary Chinese Art, Literature & Culture, Bard College, New York






1999 Group exhibition, Cypress College & BC Space Gallery, Cypress, California






1999 Contemporary Chinese Photography, Chulalongkom Museum, Bangkok






1999 Departure from China (The World is Yours - performance), Design Museum, Beijing






1999 Unveiled Reality, Art Beatus Gallery, Vancouver






1999 Corruptionists, Beijing






1998 Green Dog and Masters, Chinese Contemporary, London






1998 China Art Gallery, Beijing






1998 11th Tallinn Triennial, Tallinn, Estonia






1998 Lehman College, New York






1998 P-House Gallery, Tokyo






1997 National Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing






1994 Peter Dunsch Gallerie, Essen, Germany, (solo)






1994 Goethe Institute Gallery, Torino






1994 Graphic Arts Experimentation Laboratory Mario Leoni Deborah, Bologna






1993 Neon Gallery, Bologna






1993 Spazio Navile Gallery, Bologna






1993 Galleria Studio 5, Bologna, (solo)






1992 Galleria dei Tribunali, Bologna, (solo)






1991 Rocca Municipale, Montefiorino, Italy, (solo)






1990 La Rupe Gallery, Bologna, (solo)






1987 National Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing, (solo)
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