The Foundation

About the Chairman

Adrian Cheng is the art pioneer who founded the K11 Art Foundation (“KAF”), a non-profit art foundation in China to incubate young contemporary artists and to promote public art education. By providing young emerging artists with a local, regional and international platform to gain greater public awareness, Adrian is the new generation to represent the contemporary Chinese art scene.

Growing up in Hong Kong, Adrian also spent numerous years in the US and graduated from Harvard University with a Bachelor of Arts (Cum Laude) honours degree. He also received an Honorary Doctorate of Humanities degree from the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD), and an Honorary Fellowship from Lingnan University in 2014. His Asian and Western experiences equipped him to bridge the best of both cultures and bring a new dimension to the community and beyond.

Adrian Cheng is ranked among the ArtReview 2014 Power 100 list as one of the contemporary art world’s most influential figures. He is a Board Member of the West Kowloon Cultural District Authority and member of the Interim Acquisition and Museum Committee, a Board Director of the National Museum of China Foundation, Director of CAFAM Funds of the Central Academy of Fine Arts, Trustee of Royal Academy of Arts, Visiting Committee of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Member of TATE’s Asia Pacific Acquisitions Committee and Member of International Circle of Centre Pompidou.


KAF is to offer a creative platform to talented young artists from Greater China, and provide them opportunities to realise and showcase their full potential via amicable collaborations and cross-regional experimentations regionally and globally.

Through research, initiatives and partnerships, and harnessing the passion and energy of our active participants, KAF facilitates the public to enjoy a diverse array of programmes and exhibitions that will enrich the city’s art scene and enable it to become the leading multi-cultural art hub among its neighbouring peers.

Art for the Masses — the extensive network and resources of K11 in Hong Kong and Mainland China catalyse a continuous interaction among artists, students, office occupants, patrons and the general public to strengthen art appreciation and awareness for our current and future generations.

Leveraging on the success of the flourishing K11 Art Space Workshops, K11 Art Village, K11 Artist-in-Residence Programme, K11 Artist Klub and K11 Kollection, the activities and infrastructure in these convenient destinations and their outreach extensions allow KAF to attract and engage a steady stream of participating audiences and maximise the public exposure of local artists and programmes.

About K11 Art Foundation

Founded by Adrian Cheng in 2010, the K11 Art Foundation Limited (“K11 Art Foundation” / “KAF”) is a registered not-for-profit organisation, which supports the development of Chinese contemporary art from Greater China by providing a creative platform that nurtures artistic talents and brings them to the international stage. Not only does the K11 Art Foundation support artists, the foundation also serves as an incubator for young Chinese curators.

The foundation has embarked on many international collaborations. Amongst them the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA), Centre Pompidou, Palais de Tokyo and Musée Marmottan in Paris, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and The Armory Show in New York, showcasing Chinese talents and the voice of the young generation.

With 11 studios for its artist-in-residence programmes in the K11 Art Village in Wuhan, the KAF serves as the unique incubating springboard for young and emerging contemporary Chinese artists to create new and meaningful works. Beyond traditional art spaces, K11 Art Village serves as innovative exchange platforms between local and international artists.

Through research, initiatives and partnerships, the K11 Art Foundation offers the Chinese public a diverse range of programmes and exhibitions fostering people’s appreciation of arts and culture.