Born in 1976 in Putian, China.
Chen graduated from China Academy of Art in 1999 and now works in Hangzhou where he also teaches in the Academy’s department of experimental art. Chen and his brother/artist, Chen Yufan, come from a rich emigrational background with branches of their family spanning across Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines. As a result, the issue of displacement and the search for self-definition in a foreign culture form an integral part of Chen’s oeuvre. As young critic Lu Mingjun described, Chen’s search for self-identity creates in his artistic practice a distinct anthropological aesthetic: for the artist, the foreign lands of Southeast Asia represent a space of possibility or experience of the unknown, and it is the communication of this experience that becomes the original intention of his work.