Zhang Ruyi was born in Shanghai in 1985. She now lives and works in Shanghai.
Zhang obtained her BA in Printmaking and MFA in Synthesized Materials, both from the Fine Arts College of Shanghai University, in 2007 and 2012 respectively. Her artistic practice is positioned within the logic of life, centering on the self, physical space, and daily observation. By presenting and transforming the visual forms of shapes and structures, as exemplified by the overlapping grids and distorted outlines of still objects in her paintings and sculptures, she captures the emotions elicited from the relationship of mutual dependence or restriction between individuals and reality, and raises questions about the outwardness of space.
Zhang’s recent solo exhibitions include Building Opposite Building at Don Gallery, Shanghai (2016), and Pause at White Space Beijing (2016). Her work has also been shown at various museums and art institutions, including Rockbund Art Museum, Shanghai (2018); Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing (2017); Cass Sculpture Foundation, Chichester (2016); and the Sifang Art Museum, Nanjing (2016).