Elsie Yi Shen has a MFA from Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing, China(2013). Graduated Magna Cum Laude from Illinois Wesleyan University, Bachelors of Arts, Bloomington, USA, worked as an interpreter for a number of years and became active in making contemporary art since 2007. Elsie Yi Shen now works and lives in Beijing.

Solo Exhibitions

2011  Overstep, Siemens Art Space 798, Beijing, China

2010  Flamingos’ Wonderland, French Culture Center Beijing, China

2008 Paysage Expiré, French Cultural Center, Beijing, China.

Selected Group Shows:


The Yellow Ones Are Mine, Intelligetsia Gallery, Beijing, China


Wai Bao Nei Xiao, Art Museum of NUA, Nanjing, China


Quasi-Connection, Yuan Dian Museum, Beijing, China
A Journey of Thousand Miles, CAFA Museum, Beijing, China
Dabao-Takeout II, Plug In ICA, Winnipeg, Canada


Shanghai Contemporary Art Biennale, Shanghai
Dabao Varley Art Gallery, Ontario, Canada
Memory Lost and Found, Gallery Beijing Space, Beijing


Currents Santa Fe New Media Festival, Santa Fe, USA
DALI Photo Video Art Festival, Yunan, China


U+3, 22 Art District, Afterglow Gallery, Beijing, China
Hunt, HMC Video Festival, Dana Gallery, Budapest, Hungary
Young Fellow Upstairs, Curators’ Nominated Show, Time Art Museum, Beijing
DongXi-Things Contemporary Chinese Art Show, Kunstverein Baden Art Center, Austria
Barcelona Art Contemporary, Barcelona, Spain
Song Zhuang Museum 2010 Screenage Art Document Exhibition, Songzhuang
Soldier Crab I, Li Space, Caochangdi Photography Season, Beijing


Share and Remixed- Creative Commons Art Exhibition, Ying Gallery, 798 Art Zone, Beijing, China
Re-experimentation: A Reaffirmation of Will   and Enlightenment Young Artist Exhibition, 798 Art Zone, Beijing, China
CUBE Exhibition by Belgium Embassy, Beijing, China


Revealing Common Territories, Cartegna, Spain
The Blue Book(solo), Pingyao International Photo Festival,  China
At Cap Frehel, Art Beijing, Beijing, China
Dreamscape, Ofoto Gallery, Shanghai, China
Insinuations, Exposition Group, Gallery TS1, Beijing, China
Exposition Quai d’Orsay, Gallery  Vozimage, Paris, France


Photomedia Open Juried Exhibition, United States
Expired Landscape (solo), Pingyao International Photo Festival, China

Awards and Residence

2013 Elinchrom Photography Award
2013 Central Academy of Fine Arts Graduation Distinction Award
2013 Pedra Sina Artist Residence, Portugal
2011 Central Academy Post-graduation Thesis Fellowship
2011, 2012 China Education Ministry Scholarship Second Prize
2010 Short list, Terna Prize 03, Italy
2010, 2013 Short list PIX3 Photography Award, France
2007 Photomedia Center Jury’s Prize
1992-1996 Janis Grieder Scholarship


2013 The Way Home, Shanghai Contemporary Art Biennale Catalogue, Shanghai, China
2013 “Journey of a Thousand Miles”, Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing, China
2010 “Mai nyelven es archaiusan – HD”, “Muerto” Hungarian Art Monthly
2009 “The Neon God” Interview with French writer, Kaly Stein, PICS Magazine, Contemporary photography bi-monthly magazine, China
2008 “The blue book”, PICS Magazine, China.

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