Artist Bio

(b. 1975, CHINA)

 

Combining photorealistic cultural icons with flat red or magenta color fields with his own magnified fingerprint in the foreground, Zou Cao's work instills traditional Chinese elements and the modern imageries of political or famous icons, such as Madonna, Monica Bellucci, Sophie Marceau, Audrey Hepburn, Angelina Jolie, Michael Jackson, Marilyn Monroe, Andy Warhol, and Mao Zedong.

 

 

Education

Postdoctoral Degree at Beijing’s Central Academy of Fine Arts University, CHINA, 2011

Doctor Degree at Philosopher at Jilin University, CHINA, 2008

Beijing’s Central Academy of Fine Arts University, BeiJing, CHINA, 2007

Master Degree at College of Philosophy at Jilin University, CHINA, 2004

 

Exhibitions

SOLO EXHIBITION

2012

“Art and Commerce”, Werkstatt-Galerie Kappich, GERMANY

“Landscape under the thumb”, Michael Schultz Gallery, Beijing, CHINA

2011

Perfect”, Michael Schultz Gallery, SOUTH KOREA

“Authentic Peerlessness”, Kunsthalle Dresden, GERMANY

Consigned Mont Blanc Sculpture, Mont Blanc Flagship Store, FRANCE

2010

Timeless Classic", Von Lintel Gallery, USA

"IDENTITY", Michael Schultz gallery, Beijing, CHINA

“Marilyn beneath the middle finger”, Museum der Moderne Salzburg, AUSTRIA

2009

“These are only some fingerprints!”, Stiftung Starke Lewenpalais , Berlin, GERMANY

“Fingerprints”, Michael Schultz Gallery, Seoul, KOREA

2008

“The New Art that overtakes Pop-Art”, Modern Art Gallery, TAIWAN

2007

“Decoding the Code of Signs”, China International Gallery Exhibition, Beijing, CHINA

“East is Red”, Wellington Gallery, HONG KONG

 

GROUP EXHIBITION

2012

Biennale Italia-Chinese, Monza, ITALY

Armory Show Art Fair, New York, USA

Art Fair Cologne, Cologne, GERMANY

2011

“Personal Structures”, 54th International Art Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia, ITALY

“Mountains beyond Mountains”, Contemporary Art Exhibition, Enjoy Museum, Beijing, CHINA

“Face”, Augsburg City Museum, GERMANY

The Armory Show Art Fair, New York, USA

“Eastside – Current Positions of Chinese Art”, Michael Schultz Gallery, GERMANY

2010

Hong Kong Art Walk, Wellington Gallery, HONG KONG

The Annual Armory Art Show, New York, USA

“All the Great Modern Things – Chinese Pop”, Galerie Schrade Schlo, Mochental, GERMANY

2009

Hong Kong International Art Fair, Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center, HONG KONG

Hong Kong Art Walk, Wellington Gallery, HONG KONG

“All the Great Modern Things – Chinese Pop”, Kunsthalle Rostock, GERMANY

“All the Great Modern Things – Chinese Pop”, Kunsthalle Dominikanerkirche, Osnabruck, GERMANY

“Pieces of my puzzle”, Kunsthalle Rostock, GERMANY

“Art in superstar”, Art Center Hangaram Museum, Seoul, KOREA

“Discovery”, Beijing Found Musuem, Beijing, CHINA

Shanghai Art Fair, Shanghai, CHINA

2008

“Chinese Contemporary”, Kunsthalle Dresden, GERMANY

“Lovely Blossoms and Full Moon” – Yuz Collection of Chinese Contemporary Art, Yu Deyao Museum, Jakarta, INDONESIA

“Art History of miles away”, Beijing Found Museum, Beijing, CHINA

Beijing BS1 Contemporary Museum 2008 Nomination Exhibition, Beijing CHINA

2007

“The diverged Generation”, Art of the late 1970s, Beijing, CHINA

“Made in Beijing” Academy Exhibition, Korean Hong Ik University of Modern Fine Arts Museum, Seoul, KOREA

Beijing BS1 Contemporary Museum 2007 Nomination Exhibition, Beijing, CHINA

Museum of Modern Art, Shanghai, CHINA

Art Beijing, The Contemporary Art Exposition, Beijing, CHINA

Modern Fine Arts Museum, KOREA

2006

“Feel comfortable wherever one reaches”, 798 Gallery, Beijing, CHINA

Art Beijing, The Contemporary Art Exposition, Beijing, CHINA

2005

“Video Cola”, Jilin College of Art Museum, Changchun, CHINA

“Passing and Merging”, 798 Gallery, Beijing, CHINA

2004

Commemorative Exhibition for Deng Xiaoping’s 100th Birth, Jilin Province Museum, Changchun, CHINA

“Dialogue between Business and Art” Contemporary art event by proposal center, Beijing, CHINA

2003

“The Star of the Century” International Art Tour, GREECE

“Measuring between Pupils”, Shenzhen Short Film and Video Festival, Shenzhen, CHINA

“The First Jilin Provincial Oil Painting Exhibition”, Far East Art Museum, Changchun, CHINA

“China International. The Fourth “OPEN” Performance Festival, Changchun, CHINA

“The First Invitational Video Exhibition of China Contemporary”, Changchun, CHINA

“The Third Jilin Provincial Youth Art Exhibition”, Far East Art Museum, Changchun, CHINA

2002

“The First Biennial Video Exhibition”, Tel Aviv, ISRAEL

“The Sixth National Watercolor and Gouache Exhibition”, Shanghai Museum, Shanghai, CHINA

“Changchun International Independent Video Exhibition”, Changchun, CHINA

“Bridge”—Changchun Contemporary Art Far East Art Museum Changchun, CHINA

“Dialogue to Yanji”, Yanji, CHINA

“Forest, Air and Water”, Jinan, CHINA

“Shi Jiazhuang Independent Video Exhibition”, Shi Jiazhaung, CHINA

2000

“Liaoning Art Exhibition”, 9th Art Exhibition, Liaoning Museum, Shenyang, CHINA

1999

“China celebrating the 50th Year as a Republic”, Liaoning Museum, Shenyang, CHINA

1997

Northeast Oil Painting Exhibition, Liaoning Museum, Shenyang, CHINA

1996

Liaoning Provincial Young Art Exhibition, Liaoning Museum, Shenyang, CHINA

 

BIBLIOGRAPHY

Editor-in-Chief for “Background to Art” a series of books about contemporary art issues in China.

Published by the Jilin Art Publishing house.

 

Collections

  • Shanghai Art Museum, Shanghai, CHINA
  • Shanghai Zendai Museum of Modern Art, Shanghai, CHINA
  • Walter Art Museum, Augsburg, GERMANY
  • Indonesia Yudeyao Museum of Art, Jakarta, INDONESIA
  • The Perez Simon Collection, MEXICO
  • The Pacific Fund Collection

    Works held in private collections in HONG KONG, PHILIPPINES, GERMANY, TURKEY, SWITZERLAND, ITALY, USA, and MEXICO.