Peng Wei was born in 1974 in Chengdu, China. In 2000, she graduated from the department of Eastern Culture and Art at Nankai University, obtaining a bachelor’s degree in literature and a master’s degree in philosophy. From 2000 to 2007, she served as an editor of Art. In 2007, she became a guest painter at the Beijing Fine Art Academy. She currently lives and works in Beijing.
Beginning with Stone series in 2000, she has created seven series, including Shoe, Robe, Painted Installation, Taking off the Shell, and Letters from a Distance. She blends a variety of media, such as painting, installation, video, and photography, into her practice, making her an important Chinese contemporary ink painter. Peng Wei relies on the methods of traditional Chinese painting and a very personal vision. She links traditional ideas to the present and the West, in an effort to find balance between the past and the present. She has held numerous solo exhibitions in New York, Hong Kong, Taipei, Beijing, and Shanghai. She has also participated in large contemporary art exhibitions in Asia, Europe, North America, and Oceania, such as the Beijing Biennale, the Chengdu Biennale, “Translucence: Female Contemporary Art from China,” “Shanshui: Landscape in Chinese Contemporary Art,” and “Ink Remix: Contemporary Art from China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong.” In 2014, her series Letters from a Distance was selected for the Signature Art Prize at the Singapore Art Museum. In 2015, her work was featured in “Coming Full Circle: Peng Wei Solo Exhibition,” “Copyleft: China Appropriation Art,” and “A New Dynasty: Created in China.”
Peng’s work has been collected by the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, the Brooklyn Museum, M+, the National Art Museum of China, the Hong Kong Museum of Art, the Guangdong Museum of Art, the He Xiangning Art Museum, the Beijing Fine Art Academy Museum, the Sigg Collection, and the DSL Collection.