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Gan Yu

Gan Yu is a New York-based artist, curator and educator. Originally from Shanghai of China, Gan Yu completed his postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard University and is currently the Professor of Art and PhD supervisor at Shanghai Academy of Fine Arts, Shanghai University. Gan Yu received his Ph.D. in Chinese Painting from China Academy of Art in Hangzhou, China and his M.A. in Studio Art from Minnesota State University in the USA.

 Gan Yu has had solo exhibitions at Ethan Cohen KUBE Art Center of New York, University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh Art Gallery, Minnesota State University-Mankato Art Gallery, Yale-China Association of Yale University and Hammond Museum of New York. Gan Yu has also exhibited in group shows at many museums and galleries, such as Ethan Cohen Gallery and Ethan Cohen KUBE, VOLTA Basel Art Fair, Palm Beach Modern + Contemporary, Asia Art Miami, The National Art Museum of China, Hong Kong Museum of Art, Shanghai Art Museum, China Academy of Art Museum, St. Johns University Art Gallery, and many others. Gan Yu’s curatorial projects include art exhibitions and events at Harvard University, Yale University, State University of New York, China Academy of Art, Islip Art Museum, and Ethan Cohen KUBE of New York, etc.

Gan Yu has conducted lectures, courses and workshops of Chinese Brush Painting and Calligraphy at various institutions including Harvard University Art Museum, The Art Students League of New York, The Dept of History of Art + Architecture, Harvard University, City University of New York, Minnesota State University, Shanghai University, The Islip Art Museum, Hammond Museum, Katonah Museum of Art, etc.



2017 2020     Postdoctoral Fellow, Dept of History of Art, Harvard University, Cambridge, USA

2015                 PhD in Chinese Painting, China Academy of Art, Hangzhou, China

2013                 Art History Course “Medieval Art in Manhattan”, Columbia University, New York, USA

1990                 Master of Arts in Studio Art, Minnesota State University, Mankato, USA

1984                 Undergraduate Studies in Art and Design, Shanghai Institute of Technology,Shanghai, China


2018 Present   Professor of Art and Doctoral Supervisor, Shanghai Academy of Fine Arts, Shanghai University

2017 Present   Postdoctoral Fellow, Harvard Chinese Art Media Lab, Harvard University

2016 2019       Instructor of Chinese Painting, The Art Students League of New York

2015 2017      Director of the International Department of China Institute for Visual Studies at the China Academy of Art

2012 2016       Guest Professor, Shanghai Institute of Visual Art

2000 Present   Executive Director and Curator, ECHINAART.COM, INC.

1984 1988       Assistant Professor of Art at the College of Fine Arts, Shanghai University


Solo Show

2022    Shun Art Gallery Tokyo Human Body and Nature‘

2022   Ethan Cohen KuBe Art Center, New York: Gan Yu &Jim Peters |The Human Body: Dialogue with NatureDuo-Exhibition , 2022

2012    University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh Art Gallery, Oshkosh, WI, US, A Moving Mountain

2006    Hammond Museum and Japanese Stroll Garden, North Salem, NY, US, Three Generations

2000    Yale China Association, Yale University, New Haven, CT, US, Father and Sons

1991    Chinese Art Gallery, San Leandro, CA, US, Mixed-Media Paintings by Gan Yu

1990    Minnesota State University-Mankato, Mankato, MN, US, Gan Yu’s Master of Arts Graduation Solo Exhibition: Dialogue with Nature


Group Show

2022     Basel Art Fair  “Sculpting the Body Series” 4 Panele

2022     Palm Beach Modern + Contemporary of Art Miami “Sculpting the Body Series

2021     Ethan Cohen Gallery  New York “THE LAST WORD” “Nude Body Series

2021     Ethan Cohen KuBe Art Center  New York  “CONTEMPORARY PORTRAITURE: ARTIST AS        

     SUBJEST”, “Memorandum Series #2” 4 Panels

2021     Ethan Cohen KuBe Art Center New York “THE DOORS OF PERCEPTION: NEW APPROACHES TO

REALISM” “Memorandum Series #1” 4 Panels by Gan Yu, August 27 – December 15, 2021

2022     Ethan Cohen KuBe Art Center New York, “DARKEST BEFORE DAWN: ART IN A TIME OF

UNCERTAINTY” “Swimmer” 8 Panels

2019      Chun Art Museum, Organized by Shanghai Jiao Tong University,

“Somewhere In Time” International Exhibition of Five Artists, Recalling Fan Kuan (950-1032),

Three Panels and 17 paintings by Gan Yu. Nov 27 – Dec, 2019.

2019      Manhasset Public Library Art Gallery, Manhasset, New York, US, “Spirit of Ink Exhibition”,

Tao Series ;Driving without Directions (Mixed-Media)

2015       China Academy of Art Museum, Hangzhou, China, “PhD Graduation Group Exhibition”,

Wall Street Series #1 to #3 (Mixed-Media)

2014       Liao He Art Museum, Panjin, China, “The Twelfth China National Exhibition of Fine Arts”

2012       Asia Art Miami, Miami, FL, US, Booth C1 Represented by Ethan Cohen Fine Arts, Dow Mountains”

2012       Ethan Cohen Fine Arts, New York, NY, US, “New Chinese Currency – Ink, Landscape and the Body”

2000       Hong Kong Museum of Art, Hong Kong, China, “Inside and Out, New Chinese Art”,

Gan Yu’s has been introduced

2000       State University of New York – Albany, NY, US, “Asian Art Exhibition at the 8th Annual Asian

Pacific American Conference (APAC)”, Island Series #3, #6, #7 (Mixed-Media)

1995       St. Johns University, Queens, NY, US, “The 125th Annual National Works on Paper Exhibition”

1994       Agora Gallery, New York, NY, US, “Textures and Space”, Island Series #1- #6”

1991      Chinese Art Gallery, San Leandro, CA, US, “The 5th Annual Exhibition by Contemporary Chinese Artists”,

 Landing Series #1- #3 (Mixed-Media)

1986       China Art Museum, Beijing, China, “National Fine Arts Exhibition for the International Youth Year”, Wind



2019      Curator of “The Majesty of Tibet”, A Solo Exhibition of Chinese Art and Calligraphy of Yu Han-Yu at Islip Art Museum, East Islip, New York

2018      Co-curator of “Force of Nature, the Power of the Brush”, Solo Exhibition of Yu Han-Yu at Ethan Cohen KUBE Center, Beacon, New York

2017      Harvard University Chinese Art Media Lab: Film “To the Moon”,Gan Yu was a participant of the film script writing and artistic development. Gan Yu was also the art director of Taiwan operation unit.

2016       Co-curator of “The Artist’s Hand: Technology in Practice” International Conference and Workshops at Harvard University Art Museum and the Rhode Island School of Design

2015     Coordinator of the “New Perspectives of Silk Road: 2015 International Conference on Kizil Cave Paintings” organized by China Academy of Art and the Xinjiang Kucha Academy, Hangzhou, China

2000      Curator of the Asian Art Exhibition for the 8th Annual Asian Pacific American Conference (APAC) at the State University of New York-Albany

1999-2000 Co-curator of Four Chinese Artists’ Solo Exhibitions at Yale China Association, Yale University / Exhibition Dates and Themes: Jul 9 – Sept 30, 1999, “Environment and Nature” Works by Furong Zhang; Sept 30, 1999-2000, “Repaint Chinese Shan Shui Painting” Works by Hong-tu Zhang; Jan 2 – Mar 28, 2000, “The Allure of Tibet” Works by Lin Mei; Mar 28 – Jul 3, 2000, “Father and Sons” Works by Heng Yu, Ping Yu and Gan Yu


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