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Hai Yao

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Yao Hai was born in 1980 in Gansu, China. He moved to Hong Kong in 2009. Since then, he has travelled to different countries to experience their art and culture. He now lives and works between China and New York.

Yao Hai’s practice spans installation, sculpture, painting, video, performance art, sound and photography. In his latest project, he perceives ‘deconstruction’ as a strategy, an unbridled approach to free play. Multi-differentiation process and deconstruction take place when he revisits his past artistic practice. He roams freely in the formerly established structures to review and clarify the significance, yet discovering new structures and meanings in the process. His latest works portray multifaceted expressions of painterly image, musical gesture, poetic presence and a sense of unsteadiness.


Residencies
2017 (March - May)
Migrant Birds Project, United Art Museum, Wuhan, China
2016 - 2017
K11 art village Artist-in-Residence Programme, K11 Art Foundation, China


Selected Solo Exhibitions
2017
"Free Play of Deconstruction", United Art Museum, Wuhan, China
2016
"Beyond Boundaries", K11 art village, Wuhan, China
2015
"Individual Doesn't Exist", Bushwick Open Studio, AiB, Brooklyn, New York
2010
"Legend of China - Contemporary Ink Exhibition by Yao Hai", Hong Kong Visual Arts Centre, Hong Kong
2009
"From Flying Kites to Chasing Dreams", Avant Garde Art Gallery, Hong Kong
"INTERSTICE - Ink Painting Exhibition by Yao Hai", Avant Garde Art Gallery, Hong Kong


Selected Group Exhibitions
2016
"Utopia: Artist’s Emotion and Form", Donghan Art Museum, Wuhan, China
"Making the Future”, David & Schweitzer Contemporary, New York
"Artist and Location", CICA Museum, Seoul, South Korea
"Emerging Young Artists Invitational Exhibition", Xiling Art Museum, Hangzhou, China
2015
"Art Yellow Book Project Exhibition", CICA Museum, Seoul, South Korea
"You've Got Mail", Ground Floor Gallery, Brooklyn, New York
Queens Art Connection, Queens Museum, New York
"Making History - Arts in Bushwick 2015 Benefit", StoreFront Ten Eyck Gallery, Brooklyn, New York
"Seeking Space Exhibition 2015" presented by Tumblr, Be Electric Studio, Brooklyn, New York
"Art Mora Open Call", Coohaus Gallery, Manhattan, New York
2014
"Over the Edge: Paperworks Unbound”, Williamsburg Art & Historical Centre, Brooklyn, New York
"20th International Juried Show", The American Juried Art Salon, U.S.
2012
"Absence of Individual Will", Artmen Gallery, Hong Kong
2011
Shanghai Spring Art Salon, Shanghai, China
2010
"Contemporary Chinese Art Invitational Exhibition", 2010 Shanghai World Expo, Shanghai, China
2009
"Ink Wash Invitational Exhibition", Shenzhen Arts and Culture Expo, Shenzhen, China
2007
Yao Hai's Contemporary Ink Exhibition, Meili Gallery, Paris


Award
2016
Nomination for the BLOOOM Award by WARSTEINER 2016, Cologne, Germany

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