Timeline

1964
Born into an old and celebrated family of artists, Beijing, China
1984
Graduated from Beijing Art and Craft College, China
1989–1984
Worked as a professional painter, Beijing, China
1958–1988
Studied Wood Carving and Porcelain at Art and Craft Research Institute, Beijing, China
1985–1988
Studied Woodcarving and Porcelain at Art and Craft Research Institute, Beijing, China
1995
Established Shao Fan No. 1 Studio in Beijing, China
1995
Created conceptual furniture series
2002
Set up “Sit Art Gallery & French Cuisine,” Dashanzi, China
2003
Started preparation for Shao Fan Studio in Shunyi, China

Exhibitions

2008
I Dream, I Seek My Garden, Chelsea Flower Show, London, UK (solo)
2008
Design Redefined, Contrasts Gallery, Shanghai, China
2008
Design Miami/Basel, Switzerland
2007
REWIND<>FASTFORWARD: Chinese Contemporary Art, Contrasts Gallery, Shanghai
2007
ShContemporary, Shanghai Contemporary Art Fair
2007
The Essence of Chinese Sensibilities: Contemporary Art and Design, Contrasts Gallery, Shanghai
2006
“Shao Fan-Pierre Marie Lejeune-Sculpteurs-Deux Propositions”, Contrasts Gallery, Beijing, China
2005
“Awakening: La France Mandarine - The French Influence on Chinese Art”, National Art Museum of China, Beijing, China
2005
“Contrasts and Contradictions,” Contrasts Gallery, Shanghai, China
2005
Solo exhibition "Ten Years Ago…", Contrasts Gallery, Shanghai, China
2005
Chengdu Exhibition Biennial, Chengdu Modern Art Museum, Chengdu, China
2005
“Inspired by China”-Invitational exhibition of China and America, American Peabody Museum, Peabody, Connecticut, USA
2004
“Chinese Imagination” – Chinese Contemporary Sculpture Exhibition, Tuileries Garden, Paris, France
2004
"China Imagination: China Contemporary Sculpture Exhibition", Paris, France
2004
The 1st Architectural Biennial, Beijing, China
2002
International design exhibition, "Made for Seat", Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing
2001
Exhibition, "New Phenomenon in Contemporary Chinese Art", Picardi National Museum, France
2000
Solo exhibition, Neotu Gallery, Paris, France
2000
Big Torino Biennial 2000, Torino, Italy
1999
Asian Sculpture Exhibition, Singapore
1999
"Gate of the Century: 1979-1999", Chinese Art Invitational Exhibition, Chinese Contemporary Art Museum, Chengdu, China
1996
Personal exhibition, "Chairs About Chairs", Gallery in Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing
1988
Asian Art Biennial, Japan

Literature

2005
Pan Zhen, “Play with China’s Traditional Element,” All about Arts, Sep. 2005: 26
2005
Cheng Tian, “Shao Fan: Ten Years Ago,” Space, Sep. 2005
2005
Lu Yong, “Who will Sit on Shao Fan's Chairs?” XinMIn Weekly, Aug. 12 2005: 74
2005
Collin, “Philosophy Chairs,” Metropolis, Aug. 2005: 82-83
2005
Maya, “Life is Design,” Design, Aug. 2005: 127-129
2005
Chun Yi, “Why Chairs Cannot be Furniture,” XinMin City Weekly, July 28 2005:
2005
Zhang Kun, “Two Lives of a Chair,” Shanghai Star, July 21 2005: 29
2005
Sun Ling, “Concept Furniture, only for fun,” Business Times, July 20 2005: C8
2005
“Tradition and Modernity,” Shanghai Tatler, July 2005: 22-23
2004
Yang Zhihong, “Shao Fan: Compromise Weighs More Sometimes,” New Century, Jan. 2004: 47
“Interview of Shao Fan,” Art Gallery: 23
“Reading modern designer: Shao Fan,” Colorfulness
“New Concept of Chair,” Hunter: 124-127