"My artistic practice is a window into my personal narrative, one of heritage, documentation, and experimentation.  My journey as an artist started at a young age, and some of my earliest memories are of being with my father and grandfather in their studios.  Drawing inspiration and acknowledging the indebtedness to traditional Chinese painting, papercut, and calligraphy, I simultaneously pay homage and deconstruct these disciplines, transforming them into my own aesthetic.  


Upon close inspection, my works contain myriad visual clues and reference points in an abstract cacophony of movement, depth, surface, and color.  I experiment with spatial depth and surface, exploring various forms to convey an experience. From a broader examination, however, each element in my work is meant to be explicit yet also part of a larger context, in an ongoing tension where they individually vie for attention, but ultimately concede that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.  A dichotomy of ideas, an equilibrium in expression.


My works explore Here and There, they reference the two poles of culture and influence that have shaped me as an artist. For any first generation immigrant, this is the mutually shared experience of place and culture, where both bleed into each other and color our journeys.  My work refers to the eclectic places and moments from my story – urban sprawl defined by buildings, roads, vehicles, people, and perpetual energy, in contrast against open rural spaces, diversity of natural life, and a sense of timelessness.  My work is an intimate and deeply personal exercise, and through which I’m sharing but also perpetually shaping my perspective of our world."


Sijia Chen is a multi-disciplinary visual artist concentrating in public art, large-scale painting, and installation. Her commissioned public works include “Bloom” in North Kansas City, Missouri, “Voyage Beyond” in Shantou, China, “Arbor” in Claremont, California, and “SWA” and “Tea and Tree” in Jieyang Chaoshan International Airport in Jieyang, China. She has shown her work in solo exhibitions at Art and Sustainability, Net Impact Los Angeles, Culver City, California; Art Museum of Shantou University, Shantou, China; Fei Gallery, Guangzhou, China; South Bay Contemporary, San Pedro, California; Zhou B Art Center, Chicago, Illinois; Temple Contemporary, Philadelphia, Philadelphia; and group exhibitions in Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Italy, Mexico, Japan, Taiwan, US, and China.  Various institutions, including the Goldbach Center, Zurich, Switzerland; the Inside Out Museum, Beijing, China; Guangdong Art Museum, Guangzhou, China; Shantou University, Shantou, China; and Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts, Guangzhou, China, have included Chen’s work in their permanent collections. She received her MFA from Tyler School of Art in 2011 and her BFA from Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts in 2009. She resides and operates her principal studio in Los Angeles, California.



2011       Master of Fine Arts, Painting, Drawing and Sculpture, Tyler School of Art, Temple University,Philadelphia, PA

2010       Printmaking Apprentice Training Program,The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia, PA

2009       Bachelor of Fine Arts, Painting, Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts, Guangzhou, China


SOLO EXHIBITIONS                                                                                                                    


2016        Art and Sustainability, Net Impact Los Angeles, Culver City, CA

2014        Sijia Chen, South Bay Contemporary, San Pedro, CA

2014        Playground, Fei Gallery, Guangzhou , China

2013        Home-New Work by Sijia Chen, Art Museum of Shantou University, Guangzhou, China 

2011        Wander- Land, Temple University Gallery, Tyler School of Art, TempleUniversity, Philadelphia, PA

2011        Wet Paint Two: Sijia Chen, Zhou B. Art Center, Chicago, IL


SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS                                                                                                                          


2019         Escapism from Los Angeles, SOIL Gallery, Seattle, WA

2019         From Out of the Western Sky, Ekkisens Gallery, Reykjavík, Iceland 

2018         Conversation, Red Gallery, Helsinki, Finland

2018         Asian Wind and Finnish Woods, Gallery Kookos, Helsinki, Finland

2018         Dragnet, Durden and Ray, Los Angeles, CA

2018         KÀN: The Art of Looking, Durden and Ray, Los Angeles, CA

2018         Odd Convergences, Korean Culture Center, Los Angeles, CA

2018         Inverted Realities, Oxnard College, Los Angeles, CA

2017         Entangled Loci, HilbertRaum Gallery, Berlin, Germany

2017         The Collectives, Brand Library, Glendale, CA

2017         Formats, Shugu Museum, Shenzhen, China

2017         Formats, Shengshi Gallery, Shunde, China

2017         Round Two, Durden and Ray, Los Angeles, CA

2016         The Newbies,Durden and Ray, Los Angeles, CA

2016         Start, the Abstract Art of China, Art Xiamen, Xiamen, China

2016         Mas Attack X, Fine Art Complex, Tempe, AZ

2015         Chang Jiang International Photography and Video Biennale, Chongqing, China

2015         Stay Under Sea, N+ Space, Shantou, China

2015         Art Bamboo 146, Tokyo, Japan

2016         Beyond the Ocean,Torrance Art Museum, Torrance, CA

2014         Transforming Feminism, South Bay Contemporary, San Pedro, CA

2014         TBD, University of Wisconsin, White Water, WI

2013         Red Point, Art Basel Miami, FL

2013         Homing Pigeon, Gallery Lara Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan 

2013         Chengdu Biennial, Chengdu, China

2013         Art Nova 100,Beijing, China
2013         Symbiosis Cultural Part Two,33 Contemporary Gallery, Chicago, IL

2013         Symbiosis Cultural, Tijuana, Mexico

2013         Top of Fashion-the Invited Female Artist Exhibition, Enjoy Museum, Beijing, China  

2012         Synergy, Art Space 191, Vienna, Austria 

2012         Art-Energy-Future,Regional Museum of Natural Science, Turin, Italy

2011         Baling Hou, Red Point Gallery, Zurich, Switzerland

2011         Baling Hou Continues: Next Generation of Asian Art 2011, Goldbach Center, Zurich, Switzerland

2011         Woot! Crane Arts, Philadelphia, PA

2011         National Wet Paint Exhibition 2011, Zhou B Art Center, Chicago, IL

2011         Juried Gallery Show, F&N Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

2010         I Heart Art, Wassaic Project, New York, NY

2010         PDA/PDS: Graduate Student Exhibition, Presser Hall, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA 

2009         Chengdu Biennial, Chengdu, China 

2009         Today National Art Student Annual Awards, Today Art Museum, Beijing, China

2008         Left and Right China International Art Festival, Left Right Art Zone,Beijing, China

2007         Second Art Exhibition by New Generation of Artists in Guangzhou, Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou, China 

2007         Pingyao International Photography Festival, Pingyao, China


PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE                                                                                                              


2016        Speaker,Art and Sustainability, Net Impact Los Angeles, Culver City, CA

2015        Speaker, Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia, PA

2015        Speaker, University of Arts, Philadelphia, PA

2014        Curator,Exchange Exhibitions, Torrance Art Museum, Los Angeles and Guangzhou Academy of Fine

                Arts, Guangzhou, China 

2011-14   Curator, 33 Contemporary Gallery, Chicago, IL

2013-14   Guest Curator, Ucity Art Museum, Guangzhou, Chin

2013        Adjunct Professor,Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts, China

2013        Artist in Residence, Inside Out Museum, Beijing, China

2013        Lecturer,Cheung Kong School of Art and Design, Shantou University, China

2012        Speaker,International Photographers Association of Los Angeles

2011        Speaker, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO

2009        Exhibition Assistant and English/Chinese Interpreter, “CaiGuoqiang-Fallen Blossom,” Philadelphia Museum of Art                     and the Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia, PA


SELECTED PUBLIC COLLECTIONS AND PUBLICATIONS                                                                                                   


  •        Richards Park, North Kansas City, MO

  • ​       Voyage Beyond, Time Square Park, Shantou, China

  •        City Hall, Claremont, CA

  •        Jieyang Chaoshan International Airport, Jieyang, China

  •        Museum of Contemporary Art, Chengdu, China  

  •        Inside Out Museum, Beijing, China

  •        Goldbach Center, Zurich, Switzerland

  •        Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou, China

  •        Art Museum of Shantou University, Shantou, China

  •        University City Art Museum of Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts, Guangzhou, China​​

  •        Voyage LA, US

  •        Art and Cake, US

  • ​       Studio Visit​, US

  •        Fresh Paint, US

  •        Artist, Taiwan

  •        Artron, China

  •        GDTV, China

  •        STTV, China, 

  •        Guangzhou Daily, China

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