Zhang Jian-Jun was born in 1955 in Shanghai. In 1978, Zhang graduated from the Fine Arts Department of the Shanghai Theater Academy. In 1987-88, Zhang was supported by the Asian Cultural Council of the Rockefeller Foundation in New York to go to the US to do research and to create new artworks. Zhang was the Assistant Director and Head of the Art Research Department of the Shanghai Art Museum in 1986-1989. In 1986, Zhang won the First Prize at The First Shanghai Young Artist’s Exhibition, organized by the Shanghai Art Museum, China.
In 1989, he moved to the US and continued his work as an artist. In 1990, Zhang was honored with a grant from The Pollock-Krasner Foundation, New York, USA. In 1994, Zhang received The Gustavo Nicolich Fellowship at The Djerassi Foundation’s Resident Artist Program, California, and has a sculpture in the Permanent Collection. In 1995, Zhang was honored with an award at Art Matters Inc., New York, USA. In 1996, Zhang yet again won a grant at The Pollock-Krasner Foundation, New York, USA. In 1997, Zhang received a fellowship at The New York Foundation for the Arts for his Sculptural work, as well as at The Connemara Conservancy, Dallas, Texas. In 2002, Zhang won a grant from The Annie Wong Foundation, Hong Kong. Most recently, in 2014, Zhang received yet another fellowship at The New York Foundation for the Arts, The Gregory Millard Fellowship for his Sculptural works.
Zhang’s work has been collected by the San Francisco Asian Art Museum, Brooklyn Museum, New York; M+ Museum, Hong Kong; Shanghai Art Museum, Shanghai; Yuz Museum, Shanghai and Guangdong Museum, Guangzhou.
His work has also been featured in The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; San Francisco Asian Art Museum, California; Venice Biennale, Italy; National Art Museum of China, Beijing, China; Dresden Art Museum, Germany; Caixa Forum Museum, Barcelona & Madrid, Spain; Power Station of Art, Shanghai, China; Museum of Contemporary Art of Rome, Italy; Gwangju Biennale, Korea; M+ Museum for Visual Culture, Hong Kong, L’Institut Culturel Bernard Magrez, Bordeaux, France; Pace Prints, New York; Gallerie Deux, Tokyo, Japan; Hong Kong Arts Centre and Art Basel Hong Kong in 2015 represented by Leo Gallery.