Cao Fei (b. 1978 in Guangzhou, China) mixes social commentary, popular aesthetics, references to surrealism and documentary conventions in her films and installations. Her works reflect on the rapid and chaotic changes that are occurring in Chinese society today.
She has participated in a number of international biennales including Shanghai Biennale, Moscow Biennale, Taipei Biennale, The 15th & 17th Biennale of Sydney, Istanbul Biennale, Yokohama Triennale, and The 50th, 52nd & 56th Venice Biennales. She also presented her projects at the Serpentine Gallery, London; Tate Modern, London; the New Museum, New York; Guggenheim Museum, New York; MoMA , New York; Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris; Palais de Tokyo, Paris; and Centre Pompidou, Paris. Cao Fei’s projects in 2016 include her first retrospective at MoMA PS1 and BMW Art Car #18.
She was a nominee for the Future Generation Art Prize 2010 and the finalist of Hugo Boss Prize 2010. In 2006 she was named Best Young Artist Award by Chinese Contemporary Art Award (CCAA).