Peng Wei was born in Chengdu, China in 1974. She received her bachelor’s degree in Chinese Painting, Oriental Cultural Art from Nankai University (1997), followed by a master’s degree in Philosophy from the same institution (2000). She currently works in Beijing as a senior member at the Beijing Fine Art Academy and member of the China Fine Arts Association.


Peng Wei’s artworks harness ink to merge the past with the present through unique and surprising juxtapositions. Recurrent threads of her work include the depiction of clothing, fans and scholars’ rocks, her use of scrolls, and her pairing of texts of western thinkers with classical Chinese imagery, to skew or re-interpret our assumptions of the past. Humour and affection are never far from the surface; in the words of the artist, “I always strive to create a more perfect work. We need perfection, but the meaning of life lies not in perfection, but in love.”


Peng Wei’s work is in the collection of the National Art Museum of China, the Hong Kong Museum of Art, the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, the Guangdong Art Museum, the He Xiangning Art Museum, the M+ Museum, the Uli Sigg Collection, the DSL Collection and many more.


Her solo exhibitions include Feminine Space: Peng Wei at the Guangdong Museum of Art (2020), Old Tales Retold at Tang Contemporary Art (2019) and I Thought of You at the Suzhou Museum (2017). She has exhibited at the Venice Biennale (2017) and several times with Ora-Ora at Art Basel Hong Kong.