Xiaowei Chen Chinese , b. 1978


Xiaowei Chen is a uniquely that works in a wide range of media, including sculptures, video, and drawing, her speciality however is ink on paper. Her work is comprised of hundreds of detailed individual panels that come together to form an image. Born and raised in China but living in Boston, Massachusetts, Chen’s elaborately rendered drawings explore the emotional states of human experience through two very different cultures. The iconography in her works is inspired from the natural world and ancient stories, allowing the viewer to fully immerse themselves in her complex, densely detailed compositions. In this body of work in particular, she is highly influenced by Greek philosophers.

Xiaowei’s work has been featured in the Metropolitan Museum in New York, and The Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of art, as well as other institutions


Xiaowei Chen (born 1978) graduated from the Institute of Graphic Communication in Beijing, China. From 2000 to 2005 she worked in television production and produced and directed independent documentary films.

 She was a guest lecturer at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. She was awarded the Artadia NY Artist Residency at ISCP in Brooklyn, NY; The COOHAUS RESIDENCY ARTIST FOR 2013, New York, NY; The 75th Regional Exhibition, ARNOT ART MUSEUM. Elmira, NY; 2019 Art Olympia Prize, ART OLYMPIA 2019 international open art competition, Japan; 2017 The Arte Laguna Prize, Nappe Arsenale and TIM Future Center, Venice, Italy; Manifest Press International Drawing Annual 11,Cincinnati, OH. Her recent exhibitions include Solo show in Boston city hall, Boston, MA;  AroundSpace, Shanghai, China; Maya Polsky Gallery, Chicago; The Research House for Asian Art, Chicago, IL; 49B studios, Brooklyn, NY; TLGUTS Gallery, Lynn, MA; artSPACE@16, Malden, MA. And the group shows in The Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY; NNE(North Northeast),  Brattleboro Museum, Brattleboro, VT; Gong Ju International Art Show, Limlip art Museum, WAAM MUSEUM, Woodstock, NY; ARNOT ART MUSEUM, Elmira, NY; Chungnam, Korea; Beard & Weil Galleries Wheaton College, MA; DUOYUNXUAN art center, Shanghai, China; Williamsburg Art and Historical Center, New York, NY; See | Exhibition Space, New York, NY; (Art) Amalgamated, New York, NY; ARTGATE GALLERY, New York, NY;A.I.R Gallery in Brooklyn, NY; Silvermine Guild Arts Center in New Canaan, CT; MCLA gallery51 in North Adams, MA; and Mills Gallery in Boston, MA; Hurun Art Foundation London Exhibition2016, London, UK .