Yao Lu, born in 1967 in Beijing, is a Beijing-based artist and Professor of Photography at the Central Academy of Fine Arts. He graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree from the Printmaking Department at CAFA and completed a Master of Arts in Visual Arts from a joint program between the Central Academy of Fine Arts – CAFA and Griffith University’s Queensland College of Art – QCA in Australia in 2000.
Yao Lu has developed a recognizable technique of photomontage manipulations that borrow from classical Chinese aesthetic style of painting. His comments on the rapid changes in the environment and the consequences of modernization in China show the tension between the past and present. His works seem harmonious from far, but a closer look reveals a depiction of contemporary issues the artist has been tackling in his artworks.
Yao Lu has exhibited in numerous exhibitions 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; Art+ Shanghai Gallery, Shanghai, 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.
He was awarded the Paris Photo Prize for Contemporary photography in 2008.