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 in 1980. He graduated from the Central Academy of Fine Arts from Beijing in 2001, concluding his studies with an MA from the Digital Media department in 2006. He lives and works in Beijing.

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


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


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

CARRIER, White Space Beijing Gallery, Beijing, China

Projections, Arario Gallery, Seoul, South Korea

The Principle, White Space Beijing Gallery, Beijing, China

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Yokohama International New Media Art Festival, Yokohama, Japan

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

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