Artist Profile

Tao Hui

Portrait of Tao Hui

Tao Hui was born in 1987 in Yunyang, Chongqing, China. He received his BFA from Sichuan Fine Arts Institute in 2010. He currently lives and works in Beijing.


Tao Hui creates immersive video-installations that bend the boundaries of fiction and reality to address cultural and identity related issues. His works are visceral and provocative, yet enlightening and always imbued with a strong emotional power and a sense of displacement, inviting the viewers to confront themselves with their own cultural history, ways of living and social identities.


In 2015, Tao Hui was awarded The Grand Prize at the 19th Contemporary Art Festival Sesc_ Videobrasil: Southern Panoramas, São Paulo, and the Art Sanya & Huayu Youth Award, Sanya, China. In 2017, Tao Hui was prized with the HUGO BOSS ASIA ART: Award for Emerging Asian Artists award. In 2019, Tao Hui was shortlisted for the inaugural Sigg Prize by M+ Museum, Hong Kong.


His institutional solo exhibitions include: Annual Exhibition Programme, Aranya Art Center, Beidaihe (2022); Not at all, OCAT Xi’an, Xi’an (2017); New Directions: Tao Hui, UCCA, Beijing (2015), as well as the group exhibitions and projects: The pieces that I am, UCCA Edge, Shanghai (2022); LOVELOVELOVE Biennale of Moving Images, UCCA, Beijing (2022); ON | OFF 2021: Carousel of Progress, He Art Museum, Shunde (2022); The Elephant Escaped, Macalline Art Center, Beijing (2022); Tracing the Fragments, K11 Art & Cultural Centre, Hong Kong (2021); Refrigerator Illusion, Asia Culture Center, Gwangju (2021); 2020+, Red Brick Art Museum, Beijing (2020); The 2020 Taiwan International Video Art Exhibition – ANIMA, Hong-gah Museum, Taipei (2020); When Speed Become Form – Live In Your Screen, Wind H Art Center, Beijing (2020); Body, Identity, Performance: Films by Tao Hui and Monira Al Qadiri, bi’bak, Berlin (2020); Migration Narratives in East and Southeast Asia, ACC Gwangju (2019–20); Lunar Phases, UCCA Lab, Beijing (2019); Concept, Form and Daily Life, 3rd Shenzhen Biennale of Contemporary Art, Shenzhen (2019); Nowness Experiments, chi K11 Art Museum, Shanghai (2019); Chi Zl Tuan, Long March Project, Beijing (2019), An Opera for Animals, Rockbund Art Museum, Shanghai (2019); Remapping Reality, OCT Modern Artistic Center, Shanghai (2019); Extreme Mix, Guangzhou Airport Biennial 2019, Guangzhou (2019); Saudade: Unmemorable Place in Time, Berardo Collection Museum, Lisbon (2018–2019); One Star, One Travel, Zhi Art Space, Department of Art History – Sichuan Fine Arts Institute, Chongqing (2018); Frontier: Reassessment of Post-Globalisational Politics, OCAT Institute, Beijing (2018); How Little You Know About Me, The National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul (2018); Simultaneous Eidos: Guangzhou Image Triennial 2017, Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou (2017); Why Not Ask Again? Arguments, Counterarguments and Stories, 11th Shanghai Biennale, Shanghai (2017); Bentu Chinese artists in a time of turbulence and transformation, Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris (2016); The Image expression in the Art Practice of the New Generation, Xi’an Art Museum, Xi’an (2016).


His work is represented in the collections of: Kadist Foundation, San Francisco; Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris; K11 Foundation, Hong Kong; M+ Museum, Hong Kong; New Century Art Foundation, Beijing; Sunpride Foundation, Hong Kong; China Red Star Foundation; The National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art – MMCA, Seoul, and the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art–UCCA, Beijing.