Zhou Tiehai was born in 1966 in Shanghai, and attended the art school at the university there, where he also lives and works today.
Zhou Tiehai’s conceptual projects represent the artist’s vengeful attitude towards the self-absorbed art market. His work’s power to amaze and provoke is the result of a host of strategies that mix antagonism with sincerity. The key ingredients that drive Zhou Tiehai’s unsettling yet amusing practice include appropriating classical imagery, generating ironic projections, proclaiming laconic yet heartfelt discourse, and actively subverting painterly craft. He takes on the role of both artist and patron as many of his airbrush paintings are rendered by assistants under his supervision. He permits himself to ‘play’ with art’s historical baggage by making paintings that are simultaneously self-aware and self-abnegating, virtuosic and pop culture are both present within a single canvas. He manipulates acclaimed magazine covers for his own purposes and articulates the notion of ‘artistic agency’ within current conditions of the art world and global economy. He makes self-promotional images that subvert the establishment notion of how artists should look and behave. Tiehai is also the director of West Bund Art & Design fair.

Zhou Tiehai
Zhou Tiehai
Shanghai, 1966

Past Exhibitions

Zhou Tiehai: Will / We Must

Yuz Museum
11/07/2017 — 27/08/2017

Modern Times

ShanghART Singapore
14/05/2016 — 10/07/2016

Solo Shows

Video Bureau Archive 27: Zhou Tiehai, Video Bureau, Beijing

Desserts- Le Ministre, Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong

Zhou Tiehai’s Works, ShanghART at Huaihai Rd 796, Shanghai
Desserts, ZHOU Tiehai, MoCA Shanghai, Shanghai

Group Shows

Modern Times, ShanghART Singapore, Singapore

Shanghai Landscape, Chi K11 Art Museum, Shanghai
Copyleft, China Approriation ART, Power Station of Art, Shanghai
Comfort, ShanghART Beijing Group Exhibition, ShanghART Beijing, Beijing
Shanghai Ever, MOCA, Shanghai
Food. Dal Cucchiaio Al Mondo, MAXXI, Rome, Italy
A Hundred Years of Shame, Songs of Resistance and Scenarios for Chinese Nations, Para Site, Hong Kong

COSMOS: Limited and Limitless, Existence and Co-existence, Opening Exhibition of Shanghai 21st Century Minsheng Art Museum, Shanghai 21st Century Minsheng Art Museum, Shanghai
1960, Springs Center Art, Beijing
In & Out Réel ShanghART, Réel Department Store, Shanghai
Hans van Dijk: 5000 Names, Ullens Center for Contemporary Art (UCCA), Beijing; Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Myth/History: Yuz Collection of Contemporary Art, Yuz Museum, Shanghai
Mapping Asia, Asia Art Archive, Hong Kong
Early, Wang Xingwei, Wang Yin, Zhang Enli, Zhao Gang, Zhou Tiehai, Platform China Contemporary Art Institute, Bejing
15 Years Chinese Contemporary Art Award (CCAA), Power Station of Art, Shanghai
Re-View, Opening Exhibition of Long Museum West Bund, Long Museum (West Bund), Shanghai
From Italy to Italy, JEWELVARY & ART BOUTIQUE, Shanghai
Starlight, ShanghART Gallery, Shanghai

Contacts & Details

City of birth: Shanghai Country of birth: China Date of birth: 1966 Lives in: Shanghai, China