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    Sheng Shan Shan  is predominantly known for her large-scale oil paintings and glass sculptures. In 2009, one of her major projects, “Open Wall”, was exhibited at the 53rd Venice Biennale. Her public collections are scattered in all corners of the world and she can proudly claim that her works are represented in four of the world’s tallest buildings.

    Trained in both classical Chinese calligraphy and painting and the theories of Abstract Expressionism, drawn equally by her ancient Chinese heritage and the techniques of modernism, Shan Shan epitomizes the complex situation of the modern Chinese artist. However, choosing to view the many diverse influences on her art as benefits rather than burdens, Sheng has used the conflict between tradition and modernity, East and West, to enrich her artistic style. As a visual artist, Sheng’s works often focuses on enhancing the audience’s experience, creating a unique style in between the historical and contemporary moments.

    Born and raised in Shanghai, China, Sheng received her Bachelor of Fine Art degree at Shanghai College of Drama Art Department in 1981. In 1982, Sheng went to the United States to pursue her academic and artistic interests by attending Mount Holyoke College and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, where she earned her Master of Fine Arts Degree and continued to Harvard University as an artist-in-residence for two years. Currently Sheng lives and works in San Francisco and Shanghai.