Wang Jianwei was born in Sichuan, China in 1958, and graduated from the Department of Oil Painting, Zhejiang Academy of Fine Arts (now the China Academy of Art) in 1987. Since the 1990s, Wang Jianwei has continuously explored how comprehensive knowledge and multi-disciplinary studies can inform contemporary art, thus creating a new vocabulary for himself through different methodologies from multiple fields. Based on this comprehensive knowledge, his philosophical inquiries invoke an interdisciplinary way of seeing. For this reason, his artworks include a wide variety of forms, spanning video, theatre, multimedia work, installation, painting and text.
His solo exhibitions include: "Relativism: A Flying Bird is Motionless" (Chambers Fine Arts, New York, 2005), "Dilemma: Three Way Fork in the Road" (2007), "Cross Infection" (Hebbel am Ufer, Berlin, 2007), "Time·Theater·Exhibition" (Today Art Museum, 2009), "Welcome to the Desert of the Real" (Kaserne Basel, Basel, 2010), "Yellow Signal" (Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, 2011), "Time Temple" (The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, 2014), "Always being, but not the whole" (Long March Space, 2021), etc.