Zhong Biao (Chinese, b.1968) was born in Chongqing, China. He studied at the Zhejiang Fine Arts Academy in Hangzhou, China, and graduated in 1987. Biao is well-known for his paintings, which depict cultural symbols and human figures that seem to defy time and space. Beyond Black and Gold is a typical representation of his work. The background of the painting features a modern Chinese cityscape with skyscrapers and industrial buildings. Shadowy figures defy gravity while jumping, running, and diving in midair. The painting is produced with oil paint on canvas, but the artist also works with acrylics. His main color palette consists of charcoal gray, black, white, and gold, but Biao has also been known to accent his pieces with vibrant shades of red.

The artist is inspired by the rapidly changing China. The country has grown economically, culturally, and politically, and these themes can be found in his work. In a recent interview, Biao described his style: "More than anything, my art is an art which searches for order. I search for the order that belongs to the era of today, taking coincidence as a theory of methodology that can explain its everyday connection with the omnipresent." Forging Towards Shangri-La is another example of his work. The painting is oil on canvas and depicts two Asian school children laughing and wearing military-colored clothing. Another smiling child wears aviator goggles on his head, and a Caucasian baby dressed in overalls seems completely unaware of the surroundings. The background contains images of Chinese buildings, jagged mountains, and clouds. Another figure swan dives through the air. The painting, which seems to show two separate but combined worlds, has a military feel that can be found in many of his pieces.

Biao was selected to show his work at the high-profile Shanghai Biennale in 2006. His work has been showcased in many exhibitions and has been featured at the Art Scene Warehouse in Shanghai, the Frey Norris Gallery in San Francisco, and Christie's in London. His work is highly recognizable, and he is considered one of the most influential modern Chinese artists in the world. Biao continues to live in China, and is an art professor at the Sichuan Academy of Fine Arts.

Timeline

1968
Born in Chongqing, Sichuan Province, China
1987
Studied at Zhejiang Academy of Fine Arts (China Academy) Hangzhou, China

Exhibitions

2011
Reflected on Air, Frey Norris Contemporary & Modern, San Francisco, CA
Realms of Fantasy - Olyvia Fine Art, London, England
Beauty & Revolution - Summer Group Show - Olyvia Fine Art, London, England
East/west: Visually Speaking - Frost Art Museum, Miami, FL
2010
For the future, Z-art center, Shanghai
Reshaping History, Beijing
Research RepresenTational painting, Times art museum, Beijing
China welcomes you - Kulturspeicher Oldenburg, Oldenburg
2009
The Tendency of Events - Zhong Biao a Solo Exhibition, Yuz Art Museum, Jakarta, Indonesia
Beijing-Havana, National art museum, La Habana, Cuba
The very condition, The Wall Museum, Beijing
Game of acting the foul II Gallery TN, Beijing
Embrace! - Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO
On Love? On War?: Prominent Contemporary Chinese Artists - Stux Gallery, New York City, NY
Time Lag - Linda Gallery - Beijing, Beijing
2008
The Position of Zhong Biao-Essen, Galerie Frank Schlang and Cie, Germany
Revelation - Zhong Biao Solo Exhibition, Shine Art Space, Shanghai, China
2007
American Debut, Solo Exhibition, Frey Norris Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Cohesion, Art Scene Warehouse, Shanghai, China
Beyond Painting, Xin Dong Cheng Gallery, Beijing, China Splendid...Over 10 Years of Exploration,Olyvia Oriental Gallery, London, England
2006
Chance Encounter - Zhong Biao, ChinaToday Gallery, Brussels, Belgium (solo)
Zhong Biao, Zeit-Foto Salon, Tokyo, Japan
2005
Cohesion, Art Scene Warehouse, Shanghai, China
Solo Exhibition, Art Scene Warehouse, Shanghai, China
"American Debut", Solo Exhibition, Frey Norris Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2004
"The Art Scene in China", Art Scene Warehouse, Shanghai, China
"Asian Invitational," Group Exhibition, Frey Norris Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2003
A Chinese Oasis, Art Scene China, Shanghai, China
Art Chicago 2003, Navy Pier, Chicago, Illinois, USA
2002
Summer Exhibition, David Floria Gallery, Aspen, Colorado, USA
Art Chicago 2002, Navy Pier, Chicago, Illinois, USA
Art Miami 2002, Miami Beach Convention Ctr, Miami, Florida, USA
2001
A Chance Existence, Art Scene China, Hong Kong (solo)
SF4 2001, San Fransisco International Art Exhibition, Fort Mason, San Francisco, USA
ion, Singapore Art Museum, Singapore
Chinese Faces, Group Exhibit
Chinese Culture Week, El Salvador and Sao Paolo, Brazil
Chilli from Chongqing, Kultur Bahnhof, Kassel, Germany
2000
hina, Hong Kong
At the New Century: 1979-1999, Chengdu, Sichuan Province, China
Chinese Muren, Chinese Walls, Groengingen, Netherlands
Exhibition at Guangdong Art Museum, Guangzhou, China
1999
The Northeast and Third World Art Exhibition, Seoul
Joint Exhibition of Chinese-Vietnamese Oil Painting, Singapore
1990s Pop Pictures, Shanghai
Works exhibited at Art Scene China, Art Scene China
The Ninth Annual Art Exhibition of China, Shanghai
1998
5 + 5 Russian and Chinese Paintings, Schoeni Art Gallery Hong Kong
Confused- Reckoning With the Future, Contemporary Chinese Paintings and Photography, Amsterdam
Urban Personality- Contemporary Chinese Art, Chongqing
Asian Avant-Garde, Christie's London, United Kingdom
1997
The Fable of Life- Oil Paintings by Zhong Biao, Schoeni Art Gallery Hong Kong
Walking to a New Century- Young Chinese Oil Painting, Beijing
Portraits of the Ladies Exhibition, Shoeni Art Gallery Hong Kong
1996
Elevenses- The Avant-Garde, Taikoo Place Hong Kong
Art Miami '96, Miami Beach Convention Center Miami Beach, USA
The Fable of Life- Oil Paintings by Zhong Biao, Sichuan Academy of Fine Arts Chongqing, Sichuan Province
1995
Vision of China - Contemporary Paintings by Chinese Masters, Pacific City Club Bangkok, Thailand
History of Contemporary Chinese Oil Painting- From Realism to Past to Modernism, Galerie Theoremes Brussels, Belgium
1994
8th Chinese Oil Painting Biennial Exhibition, Beijing
1990
Chinese Oil Painting Selective Exhibition, Tokyo