Dan Zhu

Dan Zhu (b.1985) lives and works between The Hague, the Netherlands and Shenyang, China. Working across painting, drawing and mural, she often juxtaposes natural objects with familiar figures, together transforming into unusual scenes and happenings that are in harmony with energies on site.

Dan Zhu was the artist in residence at the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam (2018-2019). Recent solo exhibitions include: I thought it was dead; It thought it was spring, Tabula Rasa Gallery, London (2022); Solo show (title to be confirmed), Manifoldbooks, Amsterdam (2022 upcoming); Night into Nights, C.o.C.A. Award, Kunstinstituut Melly, Rotterdam (2021); There is no size, Studio Continuo,Amsterdam (2018). Group exhibitions include: Départ, Galerie Maurits van de Laar, The Hague (2022); Equipe 1, Galerie Maurits van de Laar, The Hague (2021); Project Rozenstraat, Amsterdam (2020).

Her works are collected by public institutions and private collections, including the NOG Collectie of Stedelijk Museum Schiedam, Schunck Museum, Ekard Collection, Pereira Collection, and C.o.C.A Foundation (Collectors of Contemporary Art, Rotterdam), just to name a few. Her mural painting commissioned by SCHUNCK, was completed in 2021, Heerlen, the Netherlands. Dan Zhu is the winner of C.o.C.A. Award (2020) and the Dutch Royal Modern Painting Prize (2020). Dan Zhu holds a Bachelor of Communication Theory at Shenzhen University, Shenzhen, China (2003-2007) and completed a Master of Design at Communication University of China, Beijing, China (2009). Dan Zhu studied at the Kunst and Design University in Hessen, Germany (2010-2020) and at the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam, Netherlands (2018-2019)


  • Intertwined Eyelashes

  • The Collection of the Gaze

  • In the Museum

  • The Sand Compound

  • The Tulip Head