Han Mengyun (b. 1989, Wuhan) is a visual artist, comparatist, multilingual writer and a mother.

She is currently based in London.

Her practice addresses the decolonisation of the phenomena of Eurasian transcultural hybridisations that occurred across vast landscapes of time and space from the dominative mediation of the Western conceptual gaze. She was initially trained in the Western tradition of oil painting but diverted from the singular viewpoint of art production towards the complexity of historical ties in the profoundly intercultural context of the continent’s history and present. The broad focus of her research covers interdisciplinary manifestations of cultural dialogue and polyvocal aesthetic conversation — from religion, philosophy, and mythologies to trade, vernacular craftsmanship, and bookmaking. Recently, she has been working on Indian and Persian manuscript traditions and woodblock printing in China and Japan.

The subjects of intersectionality and legacies of imperialism are another significant recurring trope in her practice. She mediates the relationship between personal and collective from her experience as a female subaltern and emerging notions of alternative plateaus of solidarity in the struggle for visibility and just access to shaping the planetary cultural discourse. The ruptures of neoliberal globalisation, cultural hegemony and inter-contextual conflicts reflect the multimedia character of her work, ranging from painting and conceptual installation to filmmaking and writing. As a transdisciplinary inquirer, Han Mengyun challenges the Aristotelian hierarchisation of knowledge, ritual and aesthetics, highlighting the importance of rethinking the conceptual boundaries between known, to be learned and unknowable in the emerging post-Western dominated world. Her work raises the diachronic question of the potentiality of inter-faith, inter-racial and multi-lingual pan-Asianiasm.

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.

For all inquiries, please contact: hanmengyunstudio@gmail.com


韩梦云(1989年生于武汉)是一位目前常驻于伦敦的视觉艺术家、比较文化学者, 多语写作者以及一位母亲。



韩梦云于巴德学院(Bard College)获得艺术学士学位,并于京都大学(Kyoto University)等多所机构从事梵文研究,后于牛津大学取得艺术硕士学位(MFA),主要研究方向为古典印度学和印度美学理论。

Han Mengyun

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


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

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

2022 Workshop: Committing an Ornamental Crime, CFCCA, 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

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 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, “Painting Unsettled”, UCCA Edge, Shanghai

2022 Boliang Shen, “Archiving the Art of An Era”, The Art Newspaper, 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

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 Artist as Translator, artasiapacific, Hong Kong (forthcoming)

2022 When the Silent Soul Speaks (forthcoming)

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


2022 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


2020 British Museum, London, UK

2020 Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford, UK

2012 Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University, NJ, US



| Listen to the Reed (forthcoming)

Han Mengyun Solo Exhibition

ShanghART Gallery, Shanghai

November, 2023

| Painting Unsettled

UCCA Edge, Shanghai


| Serenade

Art Basel Hong Kong

ShanghART Gallery


| SIGG : Chinese Contemporary Art from the Sigg Collection (forthcoming)

SONGEUN, Seoul, Korea

March 10th - May 20th, 2023

| Artist Residency at CFCCA (Now ESEA Contemporary)

Manchester, UK


| Night

IS A GALLERY, Shanghai

2022. 07.15-08.13

AORA:VI 'light'


2022.06.30 - 09.24

| The Glass Bead Game 

Art Basel, Basel


ShanghART Gallery

Booth R25

| A Place for Concealment 

Galerie Urs Meile, Beijing


| The Pavilion of Three Mirrors

Diriyah Biennale: Feeling the Stones

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

2021.12.11 - 2022.3.11

| Online Artist Talk: 

"The Dwelling place of the Other in Me" x Han Mengyun & Young Girl Reading Group (Dorota Gawęda and Eglė Kulbokaitė)

Power Station of Art, Shanghai 

Supported by Pro Helvetia 

Artist Talk at the Open Practice Committee 
Department of Visual Arts, University of Chicago