Request more info about the artwork

    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.

    For inquiries

      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, Asia Art Center Taipei ll, Taipei, Taiwan

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

      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


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

      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

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

      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

      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

      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