Zhao Yao was born in Sichuan province in 1981 and graduated from the Sichuan Fine Arts Institute in 2004. He currently lives and works in Beijing.


His solo exhibitions include "51 m2: 3# Zhao Yao" at Taikang Space (Beijing, 2010); "Zhao Yao: I Am Your Night" and "Zhao Yao: You Can't See Me, You Can't See Me" at Beijing Commune (Beijing, 2011 and 2012); "Spirit Above All" (London, 2013) and "A Painting of Thought" at (Hong Kong, 2015) at Pace Gallery; "The Power of Nature: A Ten Thousand Square Meter Painting in Beijing" at Workers Stadium (Beijing, 2018); "Signals from Heaven,Signals from Heaven" at Beijing Commune (Beijing, 2018).


Group exhibitions include Tate Modern, London (2010); Fremantle Arts Centre , Australia (2011); Rubell Family Collection, Miami (2013); Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, Michigan (2013); Pinchuk Art Centre, Ukraine (2013); ZKM Center, Germany (2013); UCCA, Beijing (2013); Boijmans Van Beuningen, Nederland (2014); "Inside China", Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2014); "Adventures of the Black Square", Whitechapel Gallery, London (2015); Rockbund Art Museum, Shanghai (2019).

Installation shots