Cao Fei was born in Guangzhou in 1978. She has participated in a number of international biennales, including Shanghai Biennale, Moscow Biennale, Taipei Biennale, 15th & 17th Biennale of Sydney, Istanbul Biennale, Yokohama Triennale, and 50th, 52nd & 56th Venice Biennale. She also exhibited in Serpentine Gallery, Tate Modern (London); New Museum, Guggenheim Museum, MoMA PS1, MoMA (New York); Foundation Louis Vuitton, Palais de Tokyo and Centre Pompidou (Paris).
Cao Fei creates multimedia projects that comment on the experience of growing up in modern day China as a young person. They often refer to China's rapidly changing society and mix social commentary with pop aesthetics and surrealism. Fei will often weave fantasy and reality together by framing her surrealistic films in documentary style. This inevitably has an unnerving effect and leads to the provocation of questions about where the fantasy screen begins and ends in her films and reality. By touching on reality and fantasy in such a casual and joyous way Cao Fei skilfully addresses our highly digitized contemporary world and exposes our increasingly efficient ability to adapt to extreme technological change.