Geng Jianyi was born in Zhenzhou, Henan province in 1962. Today he lives and works in Hangzhou. Geng Jianyi's works have been widely exhibited since his first show in 1989.
He graduated from Zhejiang Academy of Fine Arts, Oil Painting Department in 1985.
Exhibitions include The Real Thing-Contemporary Art from China, Tate Liverpool, UK and IVAM, Spain (2007/08); Zooming into Focus, National Art Museum of China (2005); 5th Shanghai Biennale: Techniques of the Visible, Shanghai Art Museum (2004); Geng Jianyi -Useless, BizART (Shanghai, 2004); 4th Gwangju Biennale (2002); Living in Time - Contemporary Artists from China, Hamburger Bahnhof (Berlin, 2001); Inside Out: New Chinese Art Exhibition, New York (1999) and Cities on the Move, Secession Vienna (and other locations,1997); 45th Venice Biennale, Italy (1993).