Cai Guo-Qiang was born in Quanzhou City, China in 1957. He now lives and works in New York.
Cai has worked in multiple mediums within art, including drawing, installation, video and performance art. Drawing upon Eastern philosophy and contemporary social issues as a conceptual basis, these site-specific projects and events interpret and respond to local culture and history. His well-known gunpowder explosions and large-scale installations are full of life and explosive energy — they surpass the two-dimensional and move freely from indoor spaces to the society and nature outside.
Over the past thirty years, Cai’s art has left its mark in various cultural spheres across five continents. Cai was also the curator of the first China Pavilion at the 51st Venice Biennale (2005) and has served as Director of Visual and Special Effects for the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.
His notable projects in recent years include: solo exhibitions Saraab at Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art in Doha, Qatar (2011), and 1040M Underground in Donetsk, Ukraine (2011); explosion events One Night Stand (Aventure d’un Soir) above the river Seine, Paris (2013), Falling back to Earth
at QGOMA, Australia, and Sky Ladder by a fishing village in Quanzhou, China (2015). In 2016, he presente he curated What About the Art? Contemporary Art from China in Doha, Qatar (2016).
Cai was awarded the Golden Lion at the 48th Venice Biennale (1999).
Top Image: Cai Guo-Qiang China b.1957 Head On 2006 99 life-sized replicas of wolves and glass wall. Wolves: gauze, resin, and hide Dimensions variab