Gao Lei belongs to the Post-80s generation which is more used to the global information society’s diversity in values rather than ideology, and individualistic reasoning. Through his works of paintings, photography, installation and mixed media, the artist freely traverses across the boundaries of virtual world and reality, creating a new site of communication and mechanism of criticism. Through non-personified approaches, he also explores how the system of power characterizes the individual way of thinking and regulates the social environment.

Gao Lei was born in Changsha (China) in 1980. He graduated from the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing in 2001, concluding his studies with an MA from the Digital Media department in 2006. He currently lives and works in Beijing.

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    Born 1980 in Changsha, China. Lives and works in Beijing, China.

    COLLECTIONS

    The Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing China
    Singapore Art Museum, Singapore
    Tinguely Museum of Art, Switzerland
    Minsheng Art Museum, Shanghai, China
    Dragon Art Gallery, China
    Arario Art Museum, Seoul, South Korea
    DSL Collection, France

    SOLO EXHIBITIONS

    2017
    Gao Lei, Asia Art Center Taipei ll, Taipei, Taiwan

    2016
    Gao Lei: Wilderness, White Space Beijing, Beijing, China

    2014
    Gao Lei, Arario Gallery, Shanghai, China
    Windowsky, MoCA Taipei, Taipei, Taiwan

    2013
    CARRIER, White Space Beijing Gallery, Beijing, China

    2012
    Projections, Arario Gallery, Seoul, South Korea

    2011
    The Principle, White Space Beijing Gallery, Beijing, China

    2008
    Objec(ts)pace – Photography Works by Gao Lei, Aye Gallery, Beijing, China

    SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

    2020
    Being of Evils, Hive Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing, China

    2019
    Roots of Clouds Adrift – Temporality: OCAT Nanjing Public Art Project 2019, OCT Contemporary Art Terminal Nanjing Qixia Exhibition Site, Nanjing, China
    Pal(ate)ette, Shanghai Gallery of Art, Shanghai, China
    A White Space Odyssey, White Space Beijing, Beijing, China

    2018
    After Sunset, Galerie Liusa Wang, Paris, France
    On Paper 2, White Space Beijing, Beijing, China
    Art Patrons, Qiao Space, Shanghai, China

    2017
    A Catalyst for Contemporary Culture in China, Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing, China
    All Happens After Sunset, The Museum of Contemporary Art Pavilion, Shanghai, China
    Voice of Asia, Arario Gallery, Shanghai, China

    2016
    Turning Point: Contemporary Art in China Since 2000, Minsheng Art Museum, Shanghai, China
    New voices: a dslcollection story, Klein Sun Gallery, New York, NY
    We, A Community of Chinese Contemporary Artists, chi K11 Art Museum, Shanghai, China
    The Decameron – BMCA Documenting Art, Red Brick Yard in Caochangdi, Beijing, China
    Over the Wall, Paintings Tempted by Installation, Tang Contemporary Art, Beijing, China
    ACROSS THE DIVIDE, Rosenfeld Porcini Gallery, London, UK

    2015
    Editing the Spectacle: The Individual and Working Methods Post-Mediatization, Hive Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing, China
    The Reality Representation of Chinese Young Art, CAFA Art Museum, Beijing, China

    2014
    Present-ing Recital Louder than Paint, Shanghai Gallery of Art, Shanghai, China
    MEMO II, White Space Beijing Gallery, Beijing, China

    2013
    Criss – Cross –Artworks of Young Chinese Contemporary Artists from Long Collection, Long Museum, Shanghai, China
    MEMO I, White Space Beijing Gallery, Beijing, China

    2012
    A City of Others, Lin & Lin Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan

    2011
    Start from the Horizon –Chinese Contemporary Sculpture Since 1978, Si Shang Art Museum, Beijing, China
    Options, Li Space, Beijing, China
    Daybreak, Arario Gallery, Cheonan, South Korea; Beijing, China
    Almost Tangible, Arario Beijing Gallery, Beijing, China
    DAS ICH IM ANDEREN, Mercator Foundation, Essen, Germany

    2010
    Absolute Distance, White Space Beijing Gallery, Beijing, China
    Wasabi – Exhibition of Young Contemporary Artists, Li Space, Beijing, China
    The Pavillion of Realism – International Contemporary Art, Other Gallery, Beijing, China
    Beijing Time/ La Hora de China, Matadero Madrid Contemporary Art Center, Madrid, Spain

    2009
    Future Together – Nomination Exhibition, Arario Beijing Gallery, Beijing, China
    Chinetik, Museum Tinguely, Basel, Switzerland
    The Second Reality – Chinese Contemporary Art, National Art Museum of China, Beijing, China; Meridian International Center, Washington DC

    2008
    China’s ReVision – Chinese Contemporary Art, Ludwig Museum, Koblenz, Germany
    Whatever – Chinese Young Artists, I-MYU Projects, London, U.K.
    The Evolution of Concept-the-Past and the Future of Chinese Conceptual Photography, 798 Space, Beijing, China
    Accelerate: Chinese Contemporary Art, Singapore Art Museum, Singapore
    Butterfly Dream – Shanghai MoCA Envisage II, Shanghai MoCA, Shanghai, China
    Hanging in the Sky Drifting on Surface, Linda Gallery, Beijing, China

    2007
    Floating – Modern Chinese Art Exhibition in Commemoration between Korea and China, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul, South Korea

    2006
    Yokohama International New Media Art Festival, Yokohama, Japan

    2005
    The Line of Flight – Second International New Media Art Exhibition, China Millennium Monument, Beijing, China
    Ten Eras Ten Colors, Soka Art Center, Beijing, China
    New Beijing New Life, CAFA Art Museum, Beijing, China; Korea NABI Art Center, Seoul, South Korea
    Project Sound and City, British Council China, Beijing, China

    2003
    Second Independent Visual Art of Youth, 22 Film, Beijing, China