Han Mengyun (b. 1989, Wuhan) is a visual artist, comparatist, multilingual writer and a mother. She is currently based in London.

Her practice aims to decolonise the Eurasian transcultural episteme from the Western discourse. The medium of painting works as the critical prism through which she recognises and negotiates the conflicts of perception between different painting traditions. Initially trained in the Western tradition of oil painting, she moved away from the singular viewpoint of art production towards the complexity of historical ties and the profoundly intercultural relationships that have shaped the Eurasian continent. Ranging from religion, philosophy and mythologies, to trade, vernacular craftsmanship, and bookmaking, the broad focus of her research covers interdisciplinary manifestations of cultural dialogue and polyvocal aesthetic conversations. Her recent interests include Indian and Persian manuscript traditions and woodblock printing in China, India and Japan.

The subjects of intersectionality and the legacies of imperialism are another significant recurring trope in my practice. Weaving the personal and collective experiences of the female subaltern into an alternative space of solidarity, she engages with the struggle for visibility of the subaltern and for their equal access in shaping planetary cultural discourse. The ruptures caused by neoliberal globalisation, cultural hegemony, and geopolitical or religious conflicts are reflected through the multimedia character of her work, which ranges from painting, installation and architectural interventions to filmmaking and writing. As a transdisciplinary inquirer, she attempts to challenge the Aristotelian hierarchisation of knowledge categories and Eurocentric aesthetic criteria. In the emerging, post-Western domination era, her practice highlights the necessity to rethink the conceptual boundaries between what is known, to be learned and unknowable. By doing so she returns to and questions the potentiality of inter-faith, inter-racial and multi-lingual Pan-Asianism.

Han Mengyun received BA in Studio Art from Bard College and has pursued the study of Sanskrit at various institutions such as Kyoto University before she completed her MFA at the University of Oxford with a research focus on Classical Indology and Indian aesthetic theories.


b.1989 Wuhan, China

Currently based in London


2018 M.F.A. (Distinction), University of Oxford, UK

2016 Research Student, Sanskrit and Classical Indian Aesthetics, Kyoto University, Japan

2012 B.A, Studio Art, Bard College, US

2019- Short Courses, Prince School of Traditional Arts, London, UK

Persian Painting, Mandala Painting, Byzantine Icon Painting, Ornamental Woodcarving, Woodworking: Build a Qur'an Stand, Ebru Technique, Weave a Persian Kilim Carpet, Natural Dyes & Patterns: Indian Block Printed Textile etc)


2023 The Unending Rose, ShanghART Gallery, Shanghai (forthcoming)

2023 Serenade, ShanghART Gallery, Art Basel, HK

2022 Night, IS A GALLERY, Shanghai

2022 The Glass Bead Game, ShanghART Gallery, Art Basel, Basel, Switzerland

2021 The Pavilion of Three Mirrors, Diriyah Biennale: Feeling the Stones, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

2021 Logic of the Ether, Capsule Shanghai, West Bund Art & Design Fair, Shanghai, China

2019 Garden of Rasa, The Ertegun House, Oxford, UK

2019 Splinters of Jade, A Thousand Plateaus Plateaus Art Space, Chengdu, China

2013 In Between Islands, Today Art Museum, Beijing, China


2023 Bordercrossing: Possibilities and Interactions, Forbes China Contemporary Young Artists, Yuz Museum, Shanghai

2023 Painting Unsettled, UCCA Edge, Shanghai, China

2023 SIGG: Chinese Contemporary art from the Sigg Collection, SONGEUN, Seoul, Korea

2022 AORA VI: Light, AORA Space, London, UK

2022 A Place for Concealment, Galerie Urs Meile, Beijing, China

2021 The Dwelling Place of the Other in Me, Power Station of Art, Shanghai, China

2021 Spring Discovery: Works on Paper, A Thousand Plateaus Art Space, Chengdu, China

2019 Activating Our Archives, Modern Art Oxford, Oxford, UK

2018 Phala, Ruskin MFA Show, Ruskin School of Art, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK

2017 World By World, NordArt, Büdelsdorf, Germany

2017 Spring Discovery, A Thousand Plateaus Art Space, Chengdu, China

2016 On Paper, Shenzhen Art Museum, Shenzhen, China

2014 Living in Chengdu, Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts, Taiwan

2013 Ink of Two Cities, Sha Tin Town Hall, Hong Kong

2013 Painting as Voices, Jinling Art Museum, Nanjing, China

2012 The 8th International Ink Art Biennale of Shenzhen, Guan Shanyue Art Museum, China

2012 Samsara, Mason Gross Galleries, Rutgers University, NJ, USA

2012 Mausoleum of Dust, Bard College Thesis Show, NY, US


2023 In the Name of Her, The Art Newspaper China, Issue 107

2023 Li Siyi, Unsettled Painting and the Image beyond Painting, ART-BA-BA

2023 Suchao Li, Han Mengyun: The Shape of Silence, BUOYANT ART

2023 Luan Shixuan, Curatorial Essay “Painting Unsettled”, UCCA Edge, Shanghai

2022 Boliang Shen, “Archiving the Art of An Era”, The Art Newspaper China, 100th Issue Special Edition

2022 Suchao Li, “Han Mengyun: Night”, Limited Views

2022 Yiren Shen, “Focus on the Makers of Art History in the Future”, Artnet

2022 Pamela Wong, “Everyday Poetry: Han Mengyun”, ArtAsiaPacific, Issue 128

2022 Cai Zhenyu, “Mirror as Mind”, The Thinker, Issue 73

2022 Paul Laster, “Crossing the River by ‘Feeling the Stones’ ”, ArtAsiaPacific

2022 Rahel Aima, “Stepping Stones: The Saudi scene takes the world stage”, Artforum

2021 Sam Gaskin, “Han Mengyun’s The Pavilion of Three Mirrors”, Ocula

2021 Luning Wang, “What's behind the cultural spectacle of Saudi Arabia: some thoughts on ‘cultural influence’”, Financial Times

2019 Sthaneshwar Timalsina, “Splinters of Jade: A Postscript”

2015 Rubén Pose, “Manchas Taoístas (Taoist Traces)”, Dangdai. Vol. 14

2014 Rubén Pose “The Influence of Daoist Aesthetics Traditions to Argentina”, Sino-USA Arts Journal

2013 Fu Chong. “The Ineffable”, World Art Magazine

2013 Jonathan Goodman, “Beijing: Mengyun Han at the Today Art Museum”, Art Critical

2013 Jonathan Goodman, “Elegía al vacío: Mengyun Han (Elegies for Emptiness)”, Frontera D

2013 Fu Chong, “Whence things have their origin: The meaning of abstract painting and In Between Islands”, catalogue In Between Islands, Today Art Museum


2023 Han Mengyun on Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, ArtAsiaPacific, Issue 134, Hong Kong

2023 When the Silent Soul Speaks, Chose Commune, France

2022 Han Mengyun’s Bilingual Poem Collection: Night, published by IS A Gallery, Shanghai

2022 Suzan Frecon: Between Sun and Stone, self-published on Limited Views

2021 Yu Ji & Han Mengyun, New Museum Triennial: Soft Water Hard Stone, Phaidon, NY, US

2021 Karlo Kacharava’s World of the World, LUNCHEON Magazine, London, UK

2021 Conversation with Shun Kadohashi, Unearth001, Chose Commune, Marseille, France

2021 Between Liminal Spaces: Interview with Edmund de Waal, The Thinker, Beijing

2021 Sanya Kantarovsky’s Truth-Bearing Fantasy, Hyperallergic, NY, US

2021 Painting as the Frame of Perception, Leap, Shanghai

2021 Echoes of Buddhist ‘Emptiness’ in Contemporary Chinese Art, Hyperallergic, NY, US

2021 Photography as Mindfulness of Death: Deanna Dikeman’s Leaving and Waving, American Suburb X

2020 Painting the Eternity of Time: Tu Hongtao’s Twisting and Turning, Hyperallergic, NY, US


2023 Artist Talk "Beyond the East-West Paradigm", Centre for Chinese Visual Arts, Faculty of Arts, Design and Media, Institute of Creative Arts, Birmingham City University, Birmingham, UK

2023 Artist Talk "Wrongness as Method", UCCA Edge, Shanghai

2022 Artist Talk “Craft as Transcultural Practice”, ESEA Contemporary, Manchester, UK

2022 Workshop: Committing an Ornamental Crime, ESEA Contemporary, Manchester, UK

2022 Artist Talk, Open Practice Committee, Department of Visual Arts, University of Chicago, US

2022 Conversation with Dorota Gawęda+Eglė Kulbokaitė, Power Station of Art, Shanghai

2021 Spirituality in Art Practice: Han Mengyun in conversation with Lulwah Al Homoud, Diriyah Biennale: Feeling the Stones, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

2021 Silent Thunder: The Intersection between Buddhism and Contemporary Art, UCCA, Beijing

2020 Confession, Muge Gallery, Chengdu, China

2019 Confession, “Activating Our Archives”, Modern Art Oxford, Oxford, UK


2023 Centre for Chinese Visual Arts, Faculty of Arts, Design and Media, Institute of Creative Arts, Birmingham City University, Birmingham, UK

2022 School of Visual Arts, University of Chicago, Chicago, USA

2012 Mason Gross School of the Art, Rutgers University, NJ, USA


2024 Artist Residency, KAAF Institute, Tehran, Iran (forthcoming)

2023 Artist Residency at ESEA Contemporary (formerly CFCCA), Manchester, UK

2018 The Emery Award, Shortlist, Oxford, UK

2017 Oxford University Levett Scholarship, Oxford, UK

2012 Mason Gross School of the Arts Teaching Assistant Fellowship, NJ, US

2011 Christina R. Tarsell Studio Arts Award, NY, US

2000 Jane Fromm Yacenda Scholarship in the Arts, NY, US

2008 Helen Walter Bernstein ‘48 Scholarship, NY, US