Born and raised in Shanghai, China, Shen Wei is a visual artist
based in New York City. He is known for his intimate
portraits of others and himself, as well as his poetic landscape
and still-life photography. He also works on video,
performance, and mixed-media art.
Shen Wei's work has been exhibited internationally, with venues
including the Museum of the City of New York, the Philadelphia
Museum of Art, the Moscow Museum of Modern Art, the North Carolina
Museum of Art, and the He Xiangning Art Museum. His work has been
featured in publications such as The New Yorker, Aperture, ARTnews,
American Photo, EXIT, Photo District News, and Wall Street Journal.
Shen Wei's work is included in the permanent collection of the
Museum of Modern Art (New York), the Philadelphia Museum of Art,
the J. Paul Getty Museum, the Museum of Contemporary Photography,
the Florida Museum of Photographic Arts, the Library of Congress,
the Carnegie Museum of Art, the Museum of Chinese in America, the
Rockefeller Brothers Fund and the Kinsey Institute.
Shen Wei is a recipient of the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio
Center Arts Residency, the Asian Cultural Council Arts &
Religion Fellowship, the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Arts
Grant, and the Urban Artist Initiative NYC Fellowship. He holds an
MFA in photography, video, and related media from the School of
Visual Arts, New York; and a BFA in photography from Minneapolis
College of Art and Design.