Ce Jian (b. 1984; Shandong Province, China) immigrated to Germany in 1988 when she was four. In 2002-2008, she graduated from the Department of Fine Arts at Berlin University of the Arts, where she studied under Georg Baselitz, Daniel Richter and Robert Lucander. In 2003-2009, she graduated with a Master’s degree respectively from the Department of Art History at Humboldt University of Berlin and Free University of Berlin. In 2006-2007 she studied at Goldsmiths College, University of London as an exchange student. In 2012-2016, she achieved a Doctoral degree in art and visual history at Humboldt University of Berlin upon receiving a Doctoral scholarship in Art and Visual Arts from the German Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes. Ce Jian currently lives and works in Berlin and Beijing.
Through the pictorial reasoning inherent in her painting, Ce Jian raises multiple questions concerning the visual reasoned through iconography in paintings, with particular attention paid to the investigation of “visual habits” beyond the formal context of analyzing and deconstructing icons. Ce Jian has participated in twenty four solo exhibitions including “Words of Art (Yell Space, M50 Shanghai, 2019)”; “Armada (White Space, Beijing, 2018)”; “on paper 2 (Zapbeijing, 798 Beijing, 2018)”; “Bannermen (GALLERY SU:, Seoul, 2018)”, etc and numerous group exhibitions. Her work is part of collections at Sammlung SØR Rusche (Oelde, Berlin), Si Shang Art Museum (Beijing), Frank F. Yang Foundation (Shenzhen), M WOODS (Beijing), Zhang Rui (Beijing) Huang Yu Collection (Beijing/Chengdu), Xu Zhen (Shanghai), Liu Wei (Beijing), etc.