Wu Di 吴笛

Wu Di uses imagery from classical Western paintings as a starting point for her work, and then carefully strips away any overt figuration or narrative through a spontaneous process of addition and subtraction. These abstracted, gestural paintings are characterized by a bold use of chiaroscuro, recalling the luminous light and rich shadows of religious icons and old master paintings.

Wu Di was born in Beijing, China in 1979; she currently lives and works in Beijing. She graduated from the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing, majoring in Mural Painting. Her recent solo exhibitions include From Subway to Seaside, Local Space, Beijing (2015) and BABY, DON’T CRY, PIFO Gallery, Beijing (2013). Her recent group exhibitions include A Composite Leviathan, Luhring Augustine Bushwick, New York (2019); Collage: The Cards Players, Shanghai Gallery of Art, Shanghai, (2017); Negotiation Space: I Never Thought You Were Like That—The 3rd CAFAM Biennial, CAFA Art Museum, Beijing (2016); 1 Apartment for 2 Women 4 Men, Space Local, Beijing (2016); OVER POP, Yuz Museum, Shanghai (2016); and She: International Women Artists Exhibition, Long Museum, Shanghai (2016).

Selected Works
Golden River, 2017
video installation; 8 monitors, sound from Soviet Pop, video made with Lyu Zhiqiang, duration: 20 minutes 19 seconds, edition of 3
9-23, 2017
oil, toner, pencil and gold foil on wood, 59 1/8 x 43 1/4 inches
Selected Press
CLC Gallery Venture
Exhibitions & Programs