Peikwen Cheng was born in 1975 in the states of New York. His father comes from Tongzhou, Beijing and his mother was born in Chongqing. Studying product design at Stanford university, he lived in Taipei, helsinki and San Francisco. Later, he studied at Qinghua university in Beijing. Since 2007 he lives and works as a photographer and designer in Beijing and New York.Beaches, deserts and paltry environments seem to grab Cheng's fascination and attention. Yet, he mainly enthusiasticly tells a story about agglomerating energies of one or many people who follow their self-sustaining visions, mostly expressed in just a single moment. Everything took place in 2000 when Peikwen decided to start out to the Burning Man Festival - a californian experimental art community festival - in the Black Rock Desert in Nevada. There, he had that idea of catching and generating dreams and wishes, private moments in public spaces in spontaneous collaboration. He calls it "Lost and Found" - that's the vastness in the background and the visualization of lived illusions and their stories in the foreground.
It's all about change in my work, says Cheng. Life is in constant evolution with all its (dis-)advantages and multiple perspectives. I want to understand, to make it present and to fix the emerging energies.
author: Stefanie Thiedig
Peikwen Cheng (Ausstellungen/Auswahl)
Chinese-American artist based in Beijing and New York
Graduated from Stanford University, Tsinghua University and INSEAD
Awards and Honors in the Arts and Design