Cao Fei

  • Born 1978 in Guangzhou, China.
  • Based in Beijing, China.

Cao Fei is an internationally-renowned Chinese contemporary artist. Currently living in Beijing, she mixes social commentary, popular aesthetics, references to Surrealism, and documentary conventions in her films and installations. Her works reflect on the rapid and developmental changes that are occurring in Chinese society today.

Cao Fei’s major projects in recent years include a solo exhibition at MoMA PS1 (2016; New York, USA), the Tai Kwun Contemporary (2018; Hong Kong), K21 Düsseldorf (2018; Germany), the Centre Pompidou (2019; Paris, France), the Serpentine Galleries (2020; London, UK), the UCCA Center for Contemporary Art (2021; Beijing, China), and the MAXXI, the National Museum of 21st Century Arts (2021; Rome, Italy). Her works have been exhibited at a number of international biennales and triennales, including Shanghai Biennale (2004; China); Moscow Biennale (2005; Russia); Taipei Biennial (2006; Taiwan); 15th & 17th Biennale of Sydney (2006 and 2010; Australia); Istanbul Biennial (2007; Turkey); Yokohama Triennale (2008; Japan) and 50th, 52nd & 56th Venice Biennale (2003, 2007 and 2015; Italy).

  • Nova, 2019
  • Courtesy of the artist, Vitamin Creative Space and Sprüth Magers