Lin Zhipeng was born in 1979 in Guangdong, China. He received a Bachelor in Financial English at Guangdong University of Foreign Studies in 2000.
Lin Zhipeng is one of the most important members of the new generation of photographers who rose to prominence from social media. Though very intimate, 223’s photographs act as a collective not-so-private diary of a young generation that wants to escape the pressures from the society and play with its limits. Lin Zhipeng’s pictures are never dramatic nor glaucous, sometimes punk and trash, sometimes very poetic. They carry a soft carelessness, a playful innocence, and a certain optimism in an hedonist life going against the expected pleasures of the middle class dream.
Patterns superimposed over the blandness of skin, cinematic and poetic atmospheres where lovers stop time, unexpected fruits and wild urban animals. Lin Zhipeng’s vocabulary while in the vein of Tillmans, Clark, and McGinley remains a unique voice only to himself. Growing up in China and experiencing first hand the switch in self-identification within his generation. Witnessing that the youth of the east has caught up to that of the west marking a definitive moment bridging the two cultures.
Lin previously had solo exhibitions at No. 223: Lin Zhipeng, de Sarthe Gallery, Beijing, China (2016); Hidden Track, Stieglitz19 Gallery, Anterwerp, Belgium (2016); 223, Loppis Galleria, Parma, Italy (2014); Velvet Pogo, KuiYuan Gallery, Guangzhou, China (2014); Peaches, ATTIC, Taipei, Taiwan (2013); Composition In Time, GZOP Lab, Guangzhou, China (2008); and Me Party, Songzhuang Art Museum, Beijing, China (2008). His prominent worldwide group exhibitions are: A nous la mode! Three Shadows Xiamen Photography Art Centre, Xiamen, China (2018); Poem, Zhong Gallery, Beijing, China (2017); Teetering at the Edge of the World Reading the Chinese Contemporary, Espacio de Arte Contemporeáno (EAC), Montevideo, Uruguay (2015); XXX, Bank Gallery, Shanghai, China (2014); Chinese Spring#2, Stieglitz19 Gallery, Antwerp, Belgium (2014); FUCK OFF 2, Groningen Museum, Netherlands (2013); Equal Relationships, Blindspot Gallery, Hong Kong (2013); I Have Also Other Favorites, Stacion Gallery, Prishtina, Kosovo (2013); Unspecified Urban Site, RH Gallery, New York, USA (2012); Secret Love, Ostasiatiska Museet, Skeppsholmen, Stockholm, Sweden (2012); and Boys' Little World / 223 & Hanchao & Eiki Mori, Zen Photo Gallery, Tokyo, Japan (2011).
Lin Zhipeng currently lives and works in Beijing, China.