Born in 1987 in Zhejiang province in China, Chen Zhou graduated from Media Art Lab Department in China Central Academy of Fine Arts in 2009. Since 2010, Chen Zhou has experimented with aesthetic languages in his video work. Through exaggerating and simplifying semiotic forms, these works attempt to dissociate, reassemble and reproduce various narrative structures that he explores. Chen Zhou describes his current stage of work with term ‘hedonism’ – the pursuit of pleasure or sensual self-indulgence. His works also convey Chen’s uncertainty of the aesthetic value in his work and the anxiety that comes with it. He now lives and works in Beijing.
Notable solo exhibitions include ‘Talk’ (2009) at Platform China Contemporary Art Institute in Beijing, ‘Hot Spots Project’ (2012) at SH Contemporary in Shanghai, and ‘I’m not not not Chen Zhou’ (2013) at the Magician Space in Beijing, China. Chen has exhibited widely both in China and around the world, namely Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing (2013), Today Art Museum, Beijing (2012), Tang Contemporary Art Center, Beijing (2012), Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, Houston (2012), Centro Per L’arte Contemporanea, Prato (2012), Reina Sofia Museum, Madrid (2011) and Meulensteen, New York (2011).