Leon Zhan

Leon Zhan Bio
Leon Zhan is an Australian-Chinese artist based in Melbourne working across painting and sculpture, currently undertaking his Bachelor of Fine Arts in painting at RMIT University graduating in 2022.

Zhan’s highly finished and graphic pictorial practice leans into the power and simplicity of mass cultural iconography and languages. Embracing the economies of cultural visual catalogues that appeal to the masses, the poignancy of his work lies in the convergence of historic and contemporary subjects, ideas and aesthetics that derive from popular culture, Chinese antiquity, graphic design and more, to synthesise new meanings.

Background
Born in 2000 Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Resides
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Education
2022 Bachelor of Fine Arts, Painting, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Melbourne

Selected Exhibitions
2021 Spring 1883 Art Fair, Discordia Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
2021 Emerging Artist Award 2021, fortyfivedownstairs, Melbourne, Australia
2020 Blacktown City Art Prize, Blacktown Arts Centre, Sydney, Australia
2020 Brunswick Small Work Art Prize, Brunswick Street Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
2019 Footscray Art Prize, VU at MetroWest, Melbourne, Australia
2018 Creative Generations, Queensland Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, Australia
2017 Creative Generations, University of the Sunshine Coast, Sunshine Coast, Australia

Art Prizes and Awards
2021 Blacktown City Art Prize, People’s Choice, Sydney, Australia
2017 Creative Generations Exhibition, Excellence Award, Queensland, Australia

Press
2021 BLACKTOWN ARTS “The winner of the BCAP2020 People’s Choice Prize is…”
2020 ARTEDIT “Art Edit ISSUE #26 2021: Introducing….”
2019 DAZED “Meet the artist who stuck bananas to Nike AF1s for the #content”
2019 VOGUE HK “如有雷同實屬巧合:香蕉 Nike Air Force 早在邁亞密海灘 Art Basel 藝術展前出現”
2019 GRAZIA FR “Alerte mode : voici la nouvelle basket qui fait le buzz sur Instagram”
2019 METCHA “How much would you pair for a pair of AF1s? How about $120k”