Cai Guo-Qiang


Born in Quanzhou (China) in 1957, the artist lives and works in New York and is represented by Galleria Continua

Cai Guo-Qiang was trained in stage design at the Shanghai Theater Academy, and his work has since crossed multiple mediums within art, including drawing, installation, video and performance art.

While living in Japan from 1986 to 1995, he explored the properties of gunpowder in his drawings, an inquiry that eventually led to his experimentation with explosives on a massive scale and to the development of his signature explosion events. Drawing upon Eastern philosophy and contemporary social issues as a conceptual basis, these projects and events aim to establish an exchange between viewers and the larger universe around them, utilizing a site-specific approach to culture and history.

Cai was awarded the Japan Cultural Design Prize in 1995 and the Golden Lion at the 48th Venice Biennale in 1999. In the following years, he has received the 7th Hiroshima Art Prize (2007), the 20th Fukuoka Asian Culture Prize (2009), and AICA’s first place for Best Project in a Public Space for Cai Guo-Qiang: Fallen Blossoms (2010). He also held the distinguished position as Director of Visual and Special Effects for the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing.

Cai Guo Qiang
Cai Guo-Qiang
Quanzhou City, 1957

Past Exhibitions

The Spirit of Painting: Cai Guo-Qiang at the Prado

Museo del Prado
25/10/2017 — 04/03/2018

The End Of The World

Luigi Pecci Centre for Contemporary Art
16/10/2016 — 19/03/2017

The Great Animal Orchestra

Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain
02/07/2016 — 08/01/2017

The Shape of Time

Gagosian Gallery Hong Kong
26/11/2015 — 09/01/2016

Contacts & Details

City of birth: Quanzhou City Country of birth: China Date of birth: 1957