About Yu Jian Wen
A painter and art critic, Yu Jian Wen is chairman of the board of directors of the Tong Xin Zhai Art Gallery in Shanghai, China, as well as being a member of the Shanghai Municipal Political Consultative Conference. Many of his art reviews and critiques are published in key journals, including “Chinese Painting and Calligraphy,” “Art Academy,” “Art Survey,” “Traditional Chinese Painting,” “New Visual Arts,” “Art Education,” the “Wenhui Daily” and the “Orient Morning Paper.”
In 1982, Yu Jian Wen was sent to study classical Chinese literature for one year at the East China Normal University. While there he studied ancient seal Chinese characters under Li Ding Long, a famous Shanghai calligrapher and painter.
For two years from 1984 to 1986, Yu worked as a teacher of calligraphy at the Worker Club of Luo Dian Township, the Children’s Palace of Putuo District and the Shanghai Juvenile Art School. During this period, he became a member of the Shanghai Art Education Association.
In 1986, in collaboration with the Japan Osaka Friendship Association, Yu served as editor-in-chief in compiling contemporary Chinese paintings. Two years later, he founded the Shanghai Tong Xin Zhai Gallery, which received recognition from hundreds of artists, including the eminent painters Liu Hai Su, Lv Meng, Fang Zeng Xian and Chai Zu Shun.
From 1988 to 1990, Yu studied at the Fine Art School at Shanghai University. In 1990, he headed up the organizing committee for the Tong Xin Zhai gallery’s first exhibition of modern Chinese paintings.
He served as a consultant in the Painting and Calligraphy Appraisal Department of the Shanghai Auction Company in 1993, and from 1994 to 2005, he was engaged as a specially invited editor to compile a series of works by contemporary Chinese artists.
In 1997, his article “Fundamentals for Artwork Investment” was published in the “China Culture Daily” and the “Shanghai Art Fair” publication.
In addition to overseeing the work of the Tong Xin Zhai gallery, Yu was engaged in 2009 as a culture consultant by both the Shanghai Xing Yu Construction Engineering Co. Ltd. and the Shanghai An Shuo IT Co. Ltd. The same year, he became a guest professor at the Xu Bei Hong Fine Art School of the Shanghai Maritime University.
Collaborating with the Shanghai Foreign Culture Association, Yu began preparations in 2011 for the “International Tour Exhibition of Mental Imagery Paintings by Chai Zu Shun,” which opened in Shanghai two years later.
In 2013, at the invitation of Tianjin People’s Fine Arts Press, Yu compiled and published the “Painting Album of Modern and Contemporary Artists—Collection of Prof. Chai Zu Shun.”