Jinbin Chen Tianyi's works delve into the intersections of bodies, particularly those chance encounters that initially appear insignificant, but can possess the power to alter the trajectory of individuals' lives. His practice revolves around various themes connected to his personal experiences, such as gender temperament, homosexual desire, the abject, in-betweenness, identification, and differentiation.

Working across disciplines including painting, text, object, sculpture, and performance, painting remains at the core of his artistic work. Through portraiture and depictions of body parts, he constructs environments that envelop his male subjects, exploring themes of vulnerability, fragility, honesty, and comfort. These spaces aim to unveil an intimate language that goes beyond explicit sexuality, instead presenting Tianyi's own vocabulary of desire—a vernacular that absorbs the viewer's gaze.

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Browse works by Jinbin Chen Tianyi

That Summer, You and I Hid in the Vast Still Sea
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Jinbin Chen Tianyi
That Summer, You and I Hid in the Vast Still Sea (2022)
Unfair - Jinbin_chen_artist portrait_2021_photographer duy nguyen

Jinbin Chen Tianyi (1994) is an artist born in Guangdong and currently residing in Oslo. In 2019, Tianyi graduated from the Royal Academy of Art, The Hague. In 2021, he received his MA from the Oslo National Academy of Arts. Tianyi's recent exhibitions include Kohn Gallery in Los Angeles, Northing Space in Bergen, and Fotogalleri Vasli Souza in Oslo. In 2020, he was nominated for the Buning Brongers Prijzen.


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Jinbin’s participation at UNFAIR23 is supported by OCA


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