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Born in Luzhou, Sichuan Province, China


Graduated from the Design Arts Department of Sichuan Fine Arts Institute

Now lives and works in Beijing


Solo Exhibitions

2016 [The Last Egg], Beijing Commune, Beijing, China

2015 [Painting of Thought], Pace Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China

2013 [Spirit above All], Pace London, London, UK

2012 [Zhao Yao: You Can't See Me, You Can't See Me], Beijing Commune, Beijing, China

2011 [Zhao Yao: I am Your Night], Beijing Commune, Beijing, China

2010 [51m2: 3# Zhao Yao], Taikang Space, Beijing, China


Group Exhibitions

2017 [Any Ball], CAFA Art Museum, Beijing, China

2016 [Turning Point: Contemporary Art in China Since 2000], Minsheng Art Museum, Shanghai, China

2016 [A Beautiful Disorder], Cass Sculpture Foundation, West Sussex, UK

2016 [Mountain Sites: Views of Laoshan], Sifang Art Museum, Nanjing, China

2015 [28 Chinese], Asian Art Museum, San Francisco, U.S. 
2015 [Inside China], K11 Pop-up Space, Hong Kong , China
2015 [Absolute Collection Guideline], SiFang Art Museum, Nanjing, China 

2015 [Adventures of the Black Square: Abstract Art and Society 1915-2015], Whitechapel Gallery, London, UK


2014 [Inside China], Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France

2014 [Asia Triennial Manchester 14: Harmonious Society], The John Rylands Library, Manchester, UK

2014 [Vitrines Sur I’Art], Galeries Lafayette, Project by Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France

2014 [Focus Beijing: De Heus-Zomer Collection], Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam, the Netherlands

2014 [For Armory Focus: China], The Armory Show, New York, U.S.A

2014 [the 2nd CAFAM Biennale: “The Invisible Hand: Curating as Gesture”], CAFAM, Beijing, China


2013 [28 Chinese], Rubell Family Collection and Contemporary Arts Foundation, Miami, U.S.A

2013 [Archipelago], V Art Center No.1 Space, Shanghai, China

2013 [Move on Asia-Video Art in Asia 2002 to 2012], ZKM , Karlsruhe, Germany

2013 [China China], PinchukArtCentre, Kyiv, Ukraine

2013 [ON |OFF: China's Young Artists in Concept and Practice], The Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing, China


2012 [Global Groove], Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, Michigan, USA


2011 [The Knife's Edge], Fremantle Arts Centre, Fremantle, Australia

2011 [51m2 : 16 Young Artists], Taikang Space, Beijing, China


2010 [Seven Young Artists], Beijing Commune, Beijing, China

2010 [No Soul for Sale], Tate Modern Museum, London, UK

2010 [Move on Asia 2010], Alternative Space LOOP, Seoul, Korea; Para / Site Art Space, Hong Kong, China;

2010 [DISCOVERIES: Re-value], Shanghai Contemporary Art Fair, Shanghai Exhibition Center, Shanghai, China

2010 [Reflection of Minds-MOCA Shanghai Envisage III], Museum Of Contemporary Art, Shanghai, China

2010 [Negotiations: The Second Today's Documents], Today Art Museum, Beijing, China

2010 [Get It Louder: Sharism], Sanlitun SOHO, Beijing, China

2010 [Media Landscape-Zone East], Korean Cultural Centre, London, UK

2010 [Conception as Enzyme], A4 Contemporary Arts Center, Chengdu, China


2009 [Poetic-Daily: Chinese Young Artist Exhibition], the thematic project "Art Unforbidden" of Art Beijing 2009, Beijing, China

2009 [Bourgeoisied Proletariat], Small Production, Shanghai Songjiang Creative Studio, Shanghai, China

2009 [Re-experimentation: a Reaffirmation of Will and Enlightenment-Young Artists Promotional Exhibition], Beijing, China

2009 [Work in Progress: How Do Artists Work], Iberia Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing, China


2008 [The 5th Small Productions Event], Shopping Gallery, Shanghai, China

2008 [Hui Hua Fei Fa Hui], Shanghai, China

2008 [Happy Collider], Dong Ba County, Beijing, China

2008 [Dream & Reality], Moon River Museum of Contemporary Art, Beijing, China


2007 [The Alchemy of Shadows: the Second Lianzhou International Photo Festival (LIPF) 2007], Lianzhou, Guangdong, China


2006 [Entry Gate: Chinese Aesthetics of Heterogeneity], Museum of Contemporary Art, Shanghai, China

2006 [Six Photos and a Small Room], Long March Space, Beijing, China


2005 [Rumor Decor, Video & Photograph Exhibition], DDM Warehouse, Shanghai, China

2005 [Spectacle: 'Century' and 'Paradise'-the Second Chengdu Biennale], Chengdu Century City, Chengdu, China

2005 [Archaeology of the Future, the Second Triennial of Chinese Art], Nanjing Museum, Nanjing, China


2004 [A Plan about Two Cities, Art Exhibition], Chongqing; Hong Kong, China


2003 [Suspense: Video & Photograph Exhibition], Chongqing, China