Cai Lei ‘s works explore with poetry the geometric notion of volume, placed mid – way between painting and installation, fragile and intimate, resulting from his constant research on the notions of space and time.

The artist is known for recreating human figures with astonishing hyper-realism. His sculptures depict the human body with all its flaws by focusing on the surface texture and the brutal splendor of reality.

Cai Lei was born in 1983 in Changchun (Jilin province, China). He lives and works in Beijing.

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    Born in 1983, Changchun, Jilin province, China
    Lives and works in Beijing, China

    SOLO EXHIBITIONS

    2018
    23 m²: Cai Lei Solo Exhibition, Whitestone Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan

    2016
    Echelle des plans, Tang Contemporary Art, Beijing

    2015
    Cai Lei Solo Exhibition, Tang Contemporary Art, Hong Kong
    In Ambiguous Sight, Cai Lei Solo Exhibition, Linda Gallery, Beijing

    2014
    Method of Descent, Cai Lei Solo Exhibition, Linda Gallery, Singapore

    GROUP EXHIBITIONS

    2019
    Superstructure,Leo Gallery,Shanghai, China

    2018
    Suspended,Undecided, Tang Contemporary Art,Bangkok, Thailand

    2017
    Communication – China Brazil Contemporary Art Exhibition, Minsheng Art Museum, Beijing, China
    All Tigers On The Roof, Hive Centre for Contemporary Art, Shenzhen, China
    Motif and Material, Tang Contemporary, Hong Kong
    This is not an exhibition NA SPACE, Shanghai, ChinaNA SPACE, Shanghai, China

    2016
    Non-Mainstream Panting – An Invited Exhibition for Post 80s Artists, Hive Centre for Contemporary Art, Beijing, China
    Spinning Tower: An Experimental Ground For Young Art, Time Art Museum, Beijing, China
    Exotic Stranger curated by Bao Dong, Galerie Paris-Beijing, Paris

    2015
    Concert of Form: Art Without Text, Today Art Museum, Beijing
    Ten anniversary retrospective Luo Zhongli scholarship, Chongqing Contemporary Art Museum, Chongqing
    Journey of A Thousand Miles–2015 CAFA Excellent Graduation Works Exhibition, CAFA Art Museum, Beijing
    Evolution of Model, A+Contemporary, Beijing
    Conceptual Symbols, the Dimensions of Language and Form, Poly Gallery, Hong Kong
    The Story of Painting, Ginkgo Art Center, Beijing
    PAINTING:20×20, Poly Art Museum, Beijing

    2014
    Among, Museum of Contemporary Art Bonn, Germany
    Within Sight — Chinese New Painting at Post-Financial Crisis Era, Fondation Taylor, Paris, France
    Omnipresent Concrete, Hunsand Space, Beijing

    2013
    Method of Descent,Artistic landing Singapore Youth Artist personal project,Marina Bay Sands Centre, Singapore
    A piece of works among WE series, Jacksonville Museum of Contemporary Art, USA

    2009
    Youth Art Exhibition, Liu Haisu Fine Art Gallery, Shanghai

    EDUCATION

    2015
    Graduated from the Sculpture Department of Central Academy of Fine Art – master‘s degree
    2009
    Graduate from China Central Academy of Fine Arts – Bachelor of Arts
    2004
    Luxun Academy of Fine Arts attached middle school