1982 Born in Handan Hebei Province
2006 Graduated from the Hebei Normal University
2011 Set up The Forest Stu- dio in beijing
2017 Moved to Berlin, Ger- many
He recently changed his name from Zhang Qiang (强, strong) to Zhang Ruo (弱, weak): this artist’s work may seem like cute and sprouting at first glance, but after careful consideration, everyone will soon realize that the serious topics conveyed through these works are being tran- sformed, ravaged, controlled, and swallowed. Everything that Zhang Ruo worries about is anything that is irreversible and happening con- stantly. Although these may seem like broad and complicated concepts, after some time reflecting on it, Zhang Ruo felt that he should focus on simple matters and use his own expe- rience to express them. “Art itself can bring peo- ple peace, and anyone who likes art can relate to the message the artist is trying to communi- cate through the artworks.” The authenticity and vigilance are what are giving Zhang Wei gradual attention and expectation by the art world.