Jianan Qu, born 1985 in Shandong / China, lives and works in Vienna, Austria

2003 – 2004 Contemporary Dance
Institute of Dance Arts – The Anton Bruckner University, Linz
2012 – 2015 Sculpture
Department Sculptural Conception – The University of Arts, Linz
2015 – 2017 Fine Arts
TransArts – The University of Applied Arts, Vienna

Jianan Qu is a performance and visual artist. Immaterial and reduced expressions are often the key elements in Qu’s works. Without being bonded to materials, the artist tries to make the concept speak for his mind. Over the years, Jianan Qu has developed an interactive practice, discovering the potential performative exchanges in society, arts and art spaces.

Qu’s works have been shown at various international institutions and festivals such as the Vienna Art Week, Ludwig Museum of Contemporary Art Budapest, Kasseler Kunstverein, The OCT Art & Design Gallery Shenzhen China, National gallery of North Macedonia, Krinzinger Lessehause (Krinzinger Gallery), Organhaus Chongqing, Hong Kong Arts Festival, ImpulsTanz Vienna, Kunstraum Niederösterreich Vienna, euro-scene Leipzig, OK Center for Contemporary Art, Linz Festspielhaus St. Pölten, Landesgalerie Linz, FLUCA – Austrian Cultural Pavilion in Bulgaria.

Jianan Qu lectures at Anton Bruckner Private University Linz. He was a visiting professor at the University of Applied Arts, Vienna (2018), and visiting lecturer at Academy of Arts & Design Tsinghua University, Beijing/China (2019), SOZO Kassel Hochschule (2018, 2019), Shandong University of Arts, China (2017) amongst many others.