The Shanghai based artist Maleonn is known for his theatrical, melancholic and magical works that usually have a dark edge. The son of the director of a Beijing opera director and a well-known actress, Maleonn grew up in a world of stageing and enscening. It came as no surprise that he later on in life did not fulfill his romantic childhood dream of becoming a postman, but rather became an artist. Nor it came as a surprise that his theatrical upbringing inspired him in many of his works, whether recreating Chinese fables, literary works or the streets in Shanghai's French concession where he grew up in.

“[I am] coming back and forth between the most unreal world and the most real one, e.g. like bringing some amazing but fragile things in memories back to present; like taking some ordinary time of nowadays into certain atmosphere of the past or the future, seeking the beautiful balance lost in time”.


1984-1995 Shanghai Huashan Art School
Attanded High School to Fine Art College of Shanghai University
Graduated from Fine Art College of Shanghai University, Major in Graphic Design
Selected Solo Exhibitions:
2011 Solo Exhibition, 2902 Gallery, Singapore
2011 Solo Exhibition by Maleonn, Espace Art 22, Brussels
2011 White on White, AJG Contemporary Art Gallery, Seville, Spain
2010 Solo Exhibition, CO2 Gallery, Rome
2010 A Departure from Reality III: The Tender Truth, Blindspot Gallery, HK
2010 Maleonn Solo Exhibition, Stills Gallery, Sydney, Australia
2010 Solo Exhibition, Galleri S.E, Bergen, Norway
2010 White On White, Solo Exhibition, Magda Gallery, Shanghai, China
2009 Solo Exhibition, Paris- Beijing Galerie, Paris
2009 What Love Is, Ofoto Gallery, Shanghai, China
2009 Shanghai Legendary, Art Next Gallery, New York, USA
2009 CDS Art & Visibility, gallery for contemporary art
2008 Fantastic, MAG Visual Art Center, Hong Kong
2008 Garden of Mirrors, Shanghai Art Museum, China
2008 Maleonn Solo Exhibition, Ogilvy Headquarter Art Centre, New York, USA
2008 Endless Dreamer, CO2 Gallery, Rome
2008 Maleonn, Galeria Tribeca Arte, Madrid
2008 MALEONN – Solo Exhibition by Maleonn, Espace Art 22, Brussels
2008 Days on the Cotton Candy, Kasia Art Project Gallery, Chicago, US
2008 Marbles´╝îGossip Gallery, Bangkok, 
2007 Nostalgia´╝îAround Space, Shanghai, China
2007 Labyrinth, Craig Scott Gallery, Toronto, Canada
2007 Cicada, Zendai Moma, Shanghai, China
2006 Sweets and Sours, Art Sea Gallery, Shanghai, China