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Yao Lu's concern about the impact of China’s rampant path towards urbanization is portrayed in photomontaged manipulations that borrow from the classical Chinese aesthetic style of painting. Mostly circular, fan-shaped, or scroll-like, Lu’s harmonious landscapes are populated by tiny figures walking through the mist. However, a closer look reveals the chimerical mountain scenes are in fact construction sites scaled out of proportion. Lu’s commentary on the dramatic consequences of China’s rapid industrialization is further reinforced by the artist’s stylistic choices. His recycling of a traditional aesthetic to approach contemporary issues reveals the tension between society’s past and present values. Lu’s environmental message crosses borders and raises pressing questions about the hidden costs of modernization and global sustainability.

Lu was born in 1967 in Beijing, China. He attended the Central Academy of Fine Arts, where he currently teaches as an Associated Professor. He received his M.A. in Visual Arts from the Queensland College of Art, Griffith University in Brisbane, Australia. In 2008 he won the Paris Photo BMW Prize for contemporary photography, and was short listed for the prestigious Prix Pictet award the following year. He made his New York debut with a major solo exhibition entitled “New Landscapes” at Bruce Silverstein in 2009.

He has participated in numerous exhibition and festivals including the Museum of Photographic Art, San Diego; the Royal Academy of Art, London, UK; Fotofest International in Houston; Multi-medium Art Exhibition “Space and Transportation”, Graz, Austria; Paris Photo, France; and at GETXOPHOTO Festival, Bilbao, Spain. His work has been viewed in prominent institutions in the East including the Istanbul Museum of Modern Art, Turkey; National Museum of Fine Arts, Beijing, China; A9 Art Gallery, Beijing, China; Beijing Art Gallery, China; Brisbane Photography Exhibition, Brisbane, Australia; Daegu Photo Biennale, Daegu, South Korea; Lianzhou International Photo Festival, China; Made In China Fotofestival, Lodz, Poland; Pingyao International Photography Festival, China; and the SuoLuo Gallery, Beijing, China. He lives and works in Beijing.


2012 "Rising Dragon: Contemporary Chinese Photography," Katonah Museum of Art, New York

2011 Istanbul Museum of Modern Art, Turkey

2009 New Landscapes, Bruce Silverstein Gallery, New York, NY

2008 Retrospective Exhibition of Xin Beijing Art Gallery Beijing, China Fotofest International Houston Blight and Hope, Seoul-Lundon Koica-British Current Perspectives, 1998-2008, Houston, USA Then & Now¬Memories of the Future 2008 Daegu Photo Biennale, Daegu Korea Chinese Gardens for Living, Pillnitz Dresden£¬Germany Concealment and Restructuring Yaolu's New Mountains and Waters, 798 Art Gallery Beijing, China Perspectives,1998 -2008 Houston, USA The Post-Modern Mode of Chinses Contemporary Art, Shenzhen,China Made in China Fotofastiwal 2008, Lodz, Poland Gao Feng Yao Lu He Jian Hao Liang, Shanghai, China

2007 Aberrance of Chinese Character, Beijing, China Yesterday of Picture Exhibition, Beijing, China Glory and Records 567 Art Exhibition, Beijing-Berlin-Paris-Belgium Absence Exhibition, Beijing Sightseeing, Beijing Lianzhou International Photo Festival 2007 Lianzhou, China

2006 These-Images from YAOLU, Pingyao, China Cutate Photography exhibition of students in the Photography Dept., School of Design, CAFA, Pingyao, China The Post Fact Images from Yao Lu &Wang Chuan, Beijing China New Chinese Occidentalism ¡ªChina Contemporary Art in Beijing, Beijing, China

2004 WADE-Photography Exhibition of Students and Lecturers in the Photography Dept., School of Design, CAFA, Pingyao, China These There-Images from Yao Lu & Wang Chuan, Beijing China Pingyao International Photography Festival, Pingyao, China

2003 Multi-medium Art Exhibition 'Space and Transportation'(2), Graz, Austria China Art Today, Beijing, China

2000 Impression 1, Beijing, China

1997 Multi-medium Art Exhibition 'Space and Transportation'(1), Graz, Austria 'China Now' Photography Exhibition, Brisbane, Australia WangChuan,YaoLu,LaoLiu Photographic Exhibition, Beijing, China

1996 Exhibition of Modern Printmaking, Beijing, China

1993 China Art Academies printmaking Exhibition, North Ireland Three Kinds Print Work Exhibition, Xi'an, China

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