Dai Yun 戴耘

Dai Yun, a Chinese sculptor, has been invited to many exhibitions as follows: Chinese National Art Sculpture Exhibition; Conflict and Choice - The 2nd Contemporary International Sculpture Symposium; Architectural Biennial Shenzhen • Beijing; Dialogue Between Urbanization and Sculpture - International Sculpture Exhibition Shanghai 2007; Art Beijing 2008; Recommended Exhibition of Youth Artist of Shanghai Art EXPO; Nomination Exhibition of Sculpture of Liu Hai Su Museum; Departure - Contemporary Art Exhibition of Guangdong • Hong Kong • Macau; The 2nd 、3rd、4th、5th、7th China •Songzhuang Contemporary Art Festival; Beijing 798 Art Festival 2008 & 2009; The 1st、2nd China Sculpture Exhibition; You West I East - Contemporary Art Exhibition; Industrial Memories - Shanghai EXPO International Sculpture Exhibition; The 1st Chinese Biennial Sculpture Exhibition; 2011 Guangzhou Triennial Project Exhibition of Chinese Contemporary Art; China Centurial Sculpture Exhibition by National Museum of China; 2012 Shanghai International Sculpture Symposium.

Many of Dai Yun’s works have been collected by art museums, governments and collectors. Also, his works have been featured in the magazines such as China Avant-grade Art 1979-2004, New Century Illustrated Handbook of Chinese Contemporary Art 2000-2005, Chinese Sculptures and so on.



ABOUT: Bricks Sculptures


Grey Bricks – the symbol of the ancient Chinese agricultural society, the material with which Emperor Qin built The Great Wall Red Bricks – the building material that the post-1949 Communist China used during the Great Leap Forward vehemently; and the Concrete – the inexpensive material that became widely used in construction in the Industrial Age. These three materials, representative of three different eras of Chinese history, have now been transformed into the artistic medium of the young, contemporary artist Dai Yun for his sculpture.


Born in the seventies in the ancient city of Xi’an, Dai Yun moved to Shenzhen, the first Special Economic Zone in China in 2000. Deeply fascinated by the ancient durable bricks and tiles dated back to Qin Dynasty in his hometown yet living in a hustling and bustling city populated with concrete high-rise, Dai Yun witnessed the changes in the country and gradually found his individual artistic language. He uses grey and red bricks in a brand new way to create his sculptural works. No matter they are classical figures or vessels and daily objects, the rough texture and cracks of the bricks give the detailed sculptures rich historical flavours, bringing to the audience some novel insights to the relations of men and their own history.


“I am particularly interested the bricks and tiles making during the Qin and Han Dynasties. Handmade from clay, these durable bricks contain the charm of simplicity and are a great medium for expressions. By using bricks - the basic building materials in the agricultural society, to express the urban life and features in modern China gives the works fascinating visual tension between medium and image. I like the mass-produced pots and pans in the commercialised world today, yet the plague of our materialistic world make me treasure even more the simple society in the ancient times. Here, I use bricks as my medium for the sculptures again”, said Dai Yun