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Zhao Qian is a visual artist living in China and San Francisco. He focuses on human activities and the environment around him. Qian then translates this information to the flat image, distorting the original meaning in the process.

His project has solo exhibited in Lianzhou Museum of Photography (Lianzhou, China), Houston Center for Photography (Houston, USA), Filter Space(Chicago, USA), and Reminders Photography Stronghold Gallery (Tokyo, Japan).

His work has appeared in group exhibitions in Rathfarnham Castle (Dublin, Ireland), Kala Art Institute (Berkeley, USA). French Pavilion (Zagreb, Croatia), Museum of Contemporary Art (Zagreb, Croatia), Ogden Museum of Southern Art (New Orleans, USA), UCCA Center for Contemporary Art (Beijing, China), K11 Art Foundation (Shenyang, China),  Points Center for Contemporary Art (Kunshan, China), Zhejiang Art Museum(Hangzhou, China) and Today Art Museum (Beijing, China).

Zhao Qian has also shown in PHOTOFAIRS | Shanghai, Art Beijing Fair, Unseen Photo Fair, Singapore International Photo Festival, Athens Photo Festival, Copenhagen Photo Festival, and FOTOFESTIWAL.

Zhao Qian is the recipient of the 2019 Annual Photography Fellowship Awards by the Houston Center For Photography and was named as a finalist for the Huayu Youth Award 2020.

Zhao Qian has received fellowships for residencies such as Points Center for Contemporary Art, The Cow House Studio, Vermont Studio Center, and Kala Art Institute.

In 2017 his first monograph "Offcut, the edge" got published by Jiazazhi Press.




MFA, California College of the Arts, San Francisco, CA, USA 


Artist Residency


"Swatch Art Peace Hotel" Artist Residency and Grant, Shanghai, China

"The Chinese University of Hong Kong"Artist Residency and Grant, Shenzhen, China


"Points Center for Contemporary Art” Artist Residency and Grant, Kunshan, China


 "The Cow House Studio" Artist Residency and Grant, Wexford, Ireland

 "Vermont Studio Center" Artist Residency and Fellowship, Vermont, USA


 "Kala Art Institute" Artist Residency, Berkeley, CA, USA 


Solo Exhibition

2021"A Field Guide", Filter Space, Chicago, USA 

2019"A Field Guide", Lianzhou Museum of Photography, Lianzhou, China 

2019"A Field Guide" Houston Center for Photography, Houston, USA 

2016"Offcut, The Edge" Reminders Photography Stronghold Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

Selected Group Exhibition 


"Play Under the Table", Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shenzhen, China

"Site of Transitivity", 69Campus Art Center, Beijing, China

“Instance Zone”, Instance, Shanghai, China

“Control”, Format International Photography Festival, Derby, UK


“A Long Hello”, UCCA Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing, China

"Hesitant Images”, Museum of Contemporary Art, Zagreb, Croatia

"Zoo No.1", Points Center for Contemporary Art, Kunshan, China

"Home-coming Islet “, Yuan Museum, Chongqing, China

"The Farm", K11 Art Foundation, Shenyang, China


"Hahnemühle FineArt", PHOTOFAIRS | Shanghai, Shanghai, China

"Off The Shore", M Art Center, Shanghai, China

"Where We Meet ", Art Beijing Fair, Beijing, China

"Chinese Contemporary Photobooks: Visual Narrative in Paper and Beyond ", China Academy of Art Museum, Hangzhou, China

"Disappearing Archive ", Mocube Gallery, Beijing, China


"Atlas of Forms", Soft Power Palace Festival, Stuttgart, Germany

"Rifts in Silence", M Art Center, Shanghai, China

"CCA MFA Thesis Exhibition", Minnesota Street Project, San Francisco, USA  


"Top 20 Chinese Contemporary Photography Exhibition", Zhejiang Art Museum, Hangzhou, China

"Annual Juried Exhibition", Baxter St at CCNY, NY, USA

"Found & Lost", Float. Gallery, Athens, Greece 

"Labs New Artists", Red Hook Labs Gallery, NY, USA 

"How to Flatten a Mountain" - Rathfarnham Castle, Dublin, Ireland

"Art and Crime", Alcatraz Island, San Francisco, CA, USA


"Beneath Metropolis" Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum, San Antonio, USA

"The Artists' Annual show", Kala Art Institute, Berkeley, USA

"SIPF OPEN CALL SHOWCASE", Singapore International Photography Festival, Singapore

"Revelations", Organ Vida – International Photography Festival, French Pavilion, Zagreb, Croatia

"Temporarily Lost", Athens Photo Festival, Greece 

"Censored", Museumsbygningen, Copenhagen Photo Festival, Denmark

"Road Trips", FOTOFESTIWAL – International Festival of Photography in Lodz, Poland

"Portfolio 2016" APG Gallery, Atlanta, USA


"Currents", PhotoNOLA, Ogden Museum of Southern Art, New Orleans, USA

"Center Forward" The Center For Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, USA

"Mt Figure", Unseen Photo Fair, Amsterdam, Holland

"How Many Hamlets?" Five Young Artist Exhibition, Dalian Art Museum, Dalian, China, 

"Foreboding" SANS Gallery, Oslo, Norway

"Heat" 2015 Annual Juried Exhibition, SF Camerawork Gallery, San Francisco, USA

"Undiscovered Territory" APG Gallery, Atlanta, USA

"landscape" The Center For Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, USA


 "BEYOND THE CORNER OF THE EYE” Diego Rivera Gallery, San Francisco, USA


 "Nominated Caesar Art Rising Star" Today Art Museum, Beijing, China



2019 "Houston Center for Photography Fellowship Award", Houston, USA

2017-2018 "Graduate Chair Award", California College of the Arts, USA

2017 "Top 20 Chinese Contemporary Photographer", Zhejiang Art Museum, Hangzhou, China

2017 "Breakthrough Awards" Runner-up, British Journal of Photography, UK

2015 "RPS Grant", Reminders Photography Stronghold, Tokyo, Japan




Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shenzhen, China

Zhejiang Art Museum, Hangzhou, China

Pier 24 Photography, San Francisco, USA (Book)

Stanford University, Stanford, USA (Book)

PhotoIreland Foundation, Dublin, Ireland(Book)

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