Zhang Enli was born in Jilin province in 1965. He graduated from Wuxi Technical University, Arts and Design Institute in 1989. Currently lives and works in Shanghai.

Many important institutions around the world have held his solo exhibitions, including: Galleria Borghese in Italy (upcoming), Royal Academy of Arts in London, Hauser & Wirth in New York, MOCA in Taipei, ShanghART Gallery in Shanghai, Art Basel Unlimited in Switzerland, K11 Art Foundation in Hong Kong, Museo d'Arte contemporanea di Villa Croce in Italy, Institute of Contemporary Arts in London, Shanghai Art Museum, Minsheng Art Museum in Shanghai, Kunstmuseum Bern in Switzerland and Ikon Gallery in Birmingham etc; Zhang's group exhibitions have been presented by Fondazione Prada in Milan, The 1st Antarctic Biennale, Centre Pompidou in Paris, PAC-Milan Museum of Contemporary Art in Italy, Villa Reale's Galleria d'Arte Moderna in Italy, Lehmbruck Museum in Germany, Yokohama Museum of Art in Japan, Vancouver Art Gallery in Canada, Contemporary Art Museum of the Rubell Family Collection in U.S.A., Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery in the U.K, Kochi-Muziris Biennale in India, The 6th Curitiba Biennial in Brazil, Gwangju Biennale in Korea, The 7th Shanghai Biennale, Yokohama Triennale and Villa Manin-Centre for Contemporary Art Passariano in Italy etc.