Linan Zhu

*1993 in Hubei, China

Which images and scenarios are real? Which ones are pure fiction? In his artistic work, Linan Zhu deals with the complicated and multi-layered relationship between perceived images and reality, the increasing fusion of the virtual and the real.

Linan Zhu takes his inspiration from internet images and transforms them into sculptures and installations to create immersive and highly narrative environments. His goal is to immerse the viewer in a surreal environment. Unexpected discrepancies and provoked misunderstandings lead to the cognitive deconstruction and reconstruction of the scene, the discipline inherent in the image is dissolved and objective reality is blurred.

A variety of possible interpretations open up. Does the boy sit unsuspectingly like a fly in a carnivorous plant and is swallowed by it? Does he sit sovereign and secure on conquered nature? Or does the plant protect the boy like a canopy? Harmony or struggle for survival? Everything is possible.


2023 Galerie Kadel Willborn, Düsseldorf

2023 Revelations and Impact ,Beijing,China

2022 DIE GROSSE, Kunstpalast Düsseldorf

2021 Schaustelle construction site, Düsseldorf

2020 Tangxunshore leading to Rheinshore, Wuhan, China

2015 Outstanding Graduates, Hubei Institute of Fine Arts, Wuhan, China

2015 Quan Guo Qi Yi, Beijing, China

2014 Multi-Media Arts Festival, K11 Wuhan, China

2014 Beijing Fringe Festival, Beijing, China

2014 Haikou International Youth Experimental Arts Festival, Haikou, China


2021 Germany Scholarship

2021 travel scholarship, Kunstverein Düsseldorf & Sparkasse

2015 Award and 1st Scholarship Hubei Institute of Fine Arts, China


2023 graduate of the Düsseldorf Art Academy

2011 – 2015 Bachelor of Arts, Hubei Institute of Fine Arts Wuhan China


Unique Artworks

Artworks on Canvas

Artworks on paper

Large Size

Small & Medium Size

Wall Sculptures


Outdoor Objects


Graphic Arts