Wang Boyuan Chinese, b. 1998

Drawn to anomalies and absurdities, Boyuan’s works fantasise and alter reality. He employs humour and metaphor to interrogate notions of normality, social constraints, gender and sexuality, underlying ideologies, beauty standards, and elitism. Currently working with graphite on paper, he explores the theme of self-portraiture. Inspired by Fernando Pessoa, who wrote under various fictional pseudonyms with different personalities, Boyuan depicts himself as an androgynous worm with bobbies and willy, engaging in distinct experiences and inhabiting diverse environments. Through his artistic practice, he delves into his possibilities and emotions, such as fear, doubt, despair, and joy.