Zhong Biao. Born in Chongqing in 1968, he graduated from the oil painting department of Zhejiang Academy of Fine Arts (now China Academy of Fine Arts) in 1991. Now he is an associate professor at Sichuan Academyof Fine Arts and vice president of Chongqing Oil Painting Society. Lives and works in Beijing and Chongqing. Zhong Biao has held solo exhibitions in 11 countries including China, France, Belgium, Japan, the United Kingdom, the United States, Germany, Indonesia, Singapore, Italy and Montenegro, and has participated in thematic group exhibitions or international biennials in more than 30 countries. His works have been purchased by art institutions, companies and are in private collections. He won the Tenth National Art Exhibition Excellence Award in 2004 and was the Chinese Creative Artist of the Year at the Shanghai World Expo 2010. The 2016 "Robo Report" named him Chinese Artist of the Year and won second prize in 2019 at the 14th China Lighting Award for Science and Technology Innovation.
Zhong Biao is a contemporary Chinese Neo-Surrealist painter. Zhong’s work vacillates between the tension of body, object, and landscape. He often paints figures in stark black and white set against vibrant backgrounds in color in swirling, apocalyptic compositions. Inspired by a rapidly changing China where the country has grown economically, culturally, and politically, he examines these new circumstances throughout his oeuvre while retaining a sense of remove. “I don’t want to force my own understanding or interpretation of my paintings on the audience. The mixture of images within each of my paintings is like a combination of controversial elements in life,” Zhong has explained. “Like life, we cannot understand everything that we have seen or experienced. In my paintings, Eastern and Western, historical and modern opposites coexist, reflecting the reality of today’s lifestyle".