1963 – 1988 Born and resident in Beijing, China
1988 – now Resident in Sydney, Australia

Education

2011 – 2014 Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney
2009 – 2010 Master of Fine Arts (MFA), Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney
1983 – 1987 Bachelor of Fine Arts, Central Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA), Beijing, China
1979 – 1983 Central Academy of Fine Arts High School, Beijing, China

Selected Exhibition History

PUBLIC ART PROJECTS
2019 ‘i dance with you’ cutout, light and music installation, Vivid Sydney at Chatswood
2018 ‘Triumph’ Port Kembla monument, Dalfram public art, Maritime Union of Australia Grant (commission)
2018 ‘Excavation’ animation – video channel broadcasting, Centre Pompidou, Paris
2018 ‘i dance with you’ installation – Reflations of Asia Exhibition, Powerhouse Museum (commissioned by the Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, Sydney)
2018 The Flying Penguin installation – Chinese New Year project, Sydney Aquarium (commissioned by Sydney Aquarium)
2017 ‘Pentatonic Roosters’, Chinese Zodiac Lantern Exhibition, Chinatown (commissioned by the City of Sydney)
2017 ‘Ox Mahjong Lantern’, Chinese Zodiac Lantern Exhibition, Overseas Passenger Terminal, Circular Quay (commissioned by the City of Sydney)
2017 Year of the Rooster installation projection, Hilton Hotel Sydney (commissioned by the Hilton Hotel Sydney)
2016 ‘Ox Mahjong Lantern’, Chinese Zodiac Lantern Exhibition, Martin Place (commissioned by the City of Sydney)
2016 ‘Monkey, Lifestyle and Chasing the Phantom’ three-series light projection, Enlighten Canberra, National Library of Australia (commissioned by the National Library of Australia and Enlighten Canberra)
2016 Year of the Monkey installation, Hilton Hotel Sydney (commissioned by the Hilton Hotel Sydney)
2015 ‘Shadow Maze’ installation, Hazelhurst Regional Gallery and Arts Centre (commissioned by Hazelhurst Regional Gallery and Arts Centre)

NATIONAL ART PRIZES
2019 “Shadow Paradox”, North Sydney Art Prize
2018 ‘Nuwa is Pregnant III’,National Works on Paper
2017 ‘This is it.’ (portrait of Steve Peters), Salon des Refusés
2017 ‘Not for Sale!’, Hazelhurst Art on Paper Award
2017 ‘Dust Shadow’, North Sydney Art Prize
2016 ‘The Senator and Ma’ (portrait of Penny Wong), Salon des Refusés (winner of the Holding Redlich People’s Choice Award)
2016 ‘A New Horizon (self-portrait)’, Portia Geach Memorial Award
2016 ‘The Art Gallery after hours’, Paddington Art Prize
2016 ‘The Cascades Symphony’, Mosman Art Prize
2015 ‘Edmund, your Twomblys are behind you’ (portrait of Edmund Capon AM, OBE), Archibald Prize
2015 ‘Shelter of Shadows’, North Sydney Art Prize
2013 ‘Shadows of Strange Things Reinvented’, North Sydney Art Prize
2013 ‘Nuwa is Pregnant II’, Hazelhurst Art on Paper Award
2012 ‘Nuwa is Pregnant’, Brunswick Street Gallery Works on Paper Prize (winner of the Merit Award)
2011 ‘Everything can be seen as a this’, Willoughby Sculpture Prize

SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2019 Approach: celebrating Chinese culture with Australian experiences, Adelaide Festival Centre, South Australia
2017 Missing, Margaret Whitlam Galleries, Western Sydney University
2017 Ji, Vermilion Art
2015 Elemental, China Cultural Centre in Sydney
2013 Shadow Makes This World, Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney
2013 Shadows of Strange Things, Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney
2013 White Shadows, 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art
2012 Identical Differences, Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney
2011 Un-named, Art Atrium
2010 Infinite Universe, Chinese Cultural Centre (NSW)
1988 Tales, tales, French Cultural Centre, Beijing
1988 ‘Dragon’ (stamp), Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications, Beijing

GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2017 ‘Nuwa is Pregnant II’, Sydney Contemporary, Carriageworks
2016 ‘Nuwa is Pregnant’, Foreshadow: Guan Wei, Yang Xifa, Tianli Zu, Vermilion Art
2016 ‘Chance’, Bill Thompson and Tianli Zu in Dialogue, Conny Dietzschold Gallery
2014 ‘Masks 100’, Chinese Whispers, Goulburn Art Regional Gallery
2014 ‘Openness’, Paper, Spot81
2014 ‘Mask’, I Want to Change the World, GAFA Art Museum, Guangzhou
2014 ‘Nuwa created horses on the sixth day’, Crossing Boundaries – A Celebration of Contemporary Asian Australian Art, Sydney Town Hall
2013 ‘Nuwa is Pregnant II’, Snake, Snake, Snake, Sydney Town Hall
2013 ‘A Wonderful World’, Carrying Tigers over Mountains, Permanence Gallery, 798 Art District, Beijing
2012 ‘Nuwa is Pregnant II’, Critical Thinking: Research + Art + Culture, Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney
2012 ‘Nuwa is Pregnant’, Made in China, Australia (national touring exhibition)
2012 ‘A Wonderful World’, The Price of War, Chinalink Gallery
2012 ‘A Wonderful World’, I Am What I Play (in conjunction with AAANZ and AIAS Conferences), National Art School
2012 ‘A Wonderful World’, Cinema Alley, 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art
2012 ‘Infinite Universe’, Breathe, Art Atrium
2012 ‘Nuwa is Pregnant’, Paper Now, Incinerator Art Space
2011 ‘Up is down, down is up’, 4A Members Exhibition, 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art (winner of the Emerging Artist Award)
2011 ‘Everything can be seen as a this’, Open Call, Verge Gallery, University of Sydney
2011 ‘Tale’, Cinema Alley, 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art
2010 ‘An In-between-er Binds in Shadow’, Postgraduate Degree Show, Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney
2011 ‘Tale’, Comings and Goings: Lai-lai Wang-wang – The Inaugural Documentary Exhibition of Australian-Chinese Contemporary Art, Chinalink Gallery
2011 ‘Butterfly Dream’, Inaugural National Papercuts Exhibition, Yu County, Hebei
2009 ‘Dancing with Ink – Performance’, Action v Action, 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art

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