Cao Fei (b. 1978, Guangzhou) is a Chinese artist based in Beijing. She is one of the most significant and innovative young artists to have emerged on the international scene from China. Her multimedia projects explore the lost dreams of the young Chinese generation and their strategies for overcoming and escaping reality. She mixes social commentary, popular aesthetics, references to Surrealism, and documentary conventions in her films and installations. Her works reflect on the rapid and chaotic changes that are occurring in Chinese society today. Cao Fei’s recent solo exhibition Splendid River took place at Secession Museum, Vienna, Austria. Cao Fei’s recent work La Town (2014) was on display at 56th Venice Biennale: All the World’s Futures. Her online project RMB City (2007-2011) has been exhibited in Deutsche Guggenheim (2010); Shiseido Gallery, Tokyo, Japan (2009); Serpentine Gallery, London (2008); and Yokohama Triennale (2008). Cao Fei’s previous works had participated in a number of international biennales including 15th & 17th Biennale of Sydney (2006 & 2010), Moscow Biennale (2005), Shanghai Biennale (2004), Istanbul Biennale (2007) and 50th & 52nd Venice Biennale (2003 & 2007). She also exhibited video works in Tate Modern (London), Guggenheim Museum, the International Center of Photography, MoMA, MoMA P.S.1 (New York), Centre Pompidou and Palais de Tokyo (Paris). Cao Fei was a nominee for the Future Generation Art Prize 2010 and the finalist of Hugo Boss Prize 2010. She received the 2006 Best Young Artist Award by Chinese Contemporary Art Award (CCAA).

Cao Fei
Cao Fei
Guangzhou, 1978

Past Exhibitions

Cao Fei: HX

Centre Pompidou
06/06/2019 — 26/08/2019

The Street. Where the World is Made

Museo Nazionale delle Arti del XXI Secolo – MAXXI
07/12/2018 — 28/04/2019

Cao Fei: A hollow in a world too full

Tai Kwun
08/09/2018 — 04/01/2019

State (in) Concepts

Fondation Kadist
21/10/2017 — 17/12/2017

Mekong New Mythologies

Hong Kong Arts Centre
04/05/2017 — 19/05/2017

Solo Shows

Cao Fei: Shadow Plays, The Mistake Room, Los Angeles
Cao Fei: Splendid River, Secession, Vienna
Cao Fei: La Town, Bonnefantenmuseum, Maastricht
Cao Fei: Same Old, Brand New, Art Basel Hong Kong, International Commerce Centre, Hong Kong

La Town, Cao Fei’s Solo Exhibition, Lombard Freid Gallery, New York
Cao Fei’s Theatrical Mirror, OzAsia Festival, Contemporary Art Center of South Australia, Adelaide

Haze and Fog, Eastside Projects, Birmingham Haze and Fog, Centre For Chinese Contemporary Art, Manchester
Haze and Fog, Tate Modern, Starr Auditorium, London, UK

Cao Fei: Simulus, Surrey Art Gallery, Vancouver Canada

Group Shows

On Curbstone Jewels and Cobblestones, Daimler Contemporary, Berlin Experimenta: Dream Worlds and Nightmare Visions – BFI London Film Festival, BFI Southbank, London
No Longer / Not Yet, Minsheng Art Museum, Shanghai Human+.
The Futur of Our Species, Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona (CCCB), Barcelona
15 Rooms, Long Museum West Bund, Shanghai
Degrees of Freedom, Museo d’Arte Moderna di Bologna, Bologna
All the World’s Future – 56th Venice Biennale, Arsenal Pavilion, Venice, Italy
 ISEA2015: The 21st International Symposium on Electronic Art, Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, Vancouver
Here Out There – Helsinki Festival, Helsinki Week Foundation, Cable Factory, Helsinki
Wastelands – Contemporary Chinese art, OVADA & Office of Contemporary Chinese Art (OCCA), Oxford
M+ Sigg Collection: Chinese Art from 1970 to now, The Whitworth, Manchester The New Human – You and I in Global Wonderland, Moderna Museet, Malmö Documentary Fortnight


Contacts & Details

City of birth: Guangzhou Country of birth: China Date of birth: 1978 Lives in: Beijing