Zhong Biao was born in 1968 in Chongqing, China, and graduated from the department of oil painting at the Central Academy of Fine Art, Beijing, in 1991. With his compositional paintings, overlain with references of politics and society, Zhong Biao investigates Chinese culture and citizenship; tense interplay between body and object feature heavily in his works, usually against typical dystopian landscapes of China. His recent body of work sees him stretching the boundaries of the medium of painting, using brush and stroke to extend the impasto marks, mirroring his philosophies on the cylical and ever-occuring timelines in our world.
Solo exhibitions include The Other Shore, Klein Sun Gallery, New York, NY (2016); Splitting Time, Zhong Gallery, Beijing, China (2015); Zhong Biao: Blown Over, Tivat Naval Heritage Collection Museum, Tivat, Montenegro (2014); Tailoring Clouds, Suzhou Art Museum, Jiangsu, China (2013); The Universe of Unreality – Zhong Biao’s Visions, Chiesa Santa Maria Della Visitazione, Venice, Italy (2013); The Tendency of Events – Zhong Biao, Yuz Art Museum, Jakarta, Indonesia (2009); and The Fable of Life, Museum of Sichuan Fine Arts Institute, Chongqing, China (1996). Group museum shows include Traces, Nolan Park, Governors Island, New York, NY (2019); Curitiba Biennial of Contemporary Art, Oscar Niemeyer Museum, Curitiba, Brazil (2019); Napoleon, Shanghai Himalayas Museum, Shanghai, China (2018); A Truth beyond the Real—The Exploration and Reinterpretation of Perception by Fourteen Chinese Artists, Doosan Art Center, Seoul, South Kore (2018); None Stop, Time Museum, Beijing, China (2018); The Concept of Hot and Cold Hardedges: the Development Trend of the Research of a Painting Exhibition, Lingnan Art Museum, Guangdong, China (2018); Journey to the Southwest: The Exhibition of Chinese Southwestern Contemporary Art from The Long Museum Collectio”, Long Museum, Shanghai, China (2017); Chinese New Reality Art Europe Exhibition Tour “Start from West”, Museum of Darmstadt, Darmstadt, Germany (2017); Texture of Time – The Exhibition of Sichuan Fine Art Institute, National Art Museum of China, Beijing, China (2017); Centennial Presents in Return: Exhibition of Alumni Donation from Chen Dongsheng and Li Yifei, Wanlin Art Museum, Wuhan University, Wuhan, China (2016); The Exhibition of Annual of Contemporary Art of China 2015, Beijing Minsheng Art Museum, Beijing, China (2016); Observation/ Reference/ Gesture Contemporary Painting, Ringling College of Art and Design, Willis Smith Gallery, Sarasota, FL (2016); The Exhibition of Annual of Contemporary Art of China 2014, Beijing Minsheng Art Museum, Beijing, China (2015); 1199 People: Collection from Long Museum, Long Museum, Shanghai, China (2014-2015); Hot Pot: A Taste of Chinese Contemporary Art, Brattleboro Museum & Art Center, Brattleboro, VT (2013); East/West: Visually Speaking, Hillard University Art Museum, University of Louisiana, Lafayette, LA (2010), Museum of Contemporary Art, Jacksonsville, FL (2010); China Welcomes You, Kulturspeicher Oldenburg, Oldenburg, Germany (2010); Embrace!, Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO (2009); Beijing – Havana: New Contemporary Chinese Art Revolution, Cuba Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Havana, Cuba (2009); 2008 Collection Exhibition of Gwangju Museum of Art, Gwangju Museum of Art, Gwangju, South Korea (2009); 55 Days in Valencia, Instituto Valencia d'Art Moderno, Valencia, Spain (2008); Contemporary Cultural Venation - China Version, Today Art Museum, Beijing, China (2007); Oriental Imagination, National Art Museum of China, Beijing, China (2006); Above and Below the River - Oil Paintings of the New Period in China, National Art Museum of China, Beijing, China (2005); and Image of Image, Shenzhen Art Museum, Shenzhen, China (2003).
His work is in public collections including Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou, China; Shanghai Art Museum, Shanghai, China; Singapore Art Museum, Singapore and Gwangju Museum of Art, Gwangju, South Korea.
Zhong currently lives and works in Sichuan, China.