Chu Chu

1975, Hangzhou China


Chu Chu is an accomplished ink painter, calligrapher, photographer, and oil painter. She is currently the Vice Secretary of Lanting Calligraphy Society and the Vice President of Zhejiang female Calligraphers Association in Hangzhou. She was born in 1975 in Hangzhou and graduated from the Department of oil painting at the China Academy of Art, Hangzhou in 2000, where she also received her MFA in new media in 2007 and in 2015 attained her PhD, in calligraphy under the tutelage of Wang Dongling. Since then, the artist has devoted herself to ink painting and seeks to incorporate this art form with photography and calligraphy. She has received several prestigious awards since 2000 including the Shiseido Prize of Best Female Photographer, the Three Shadows Photography Award, Beijing, 2011; Yearly Cutting-edge Photographer, selected by, Beijing, 2010; Creative Award of New Media, China Academy of Art, Hangzhou, 2006; Excellent Works Award, New Century Oil Painting Exhibition, Hangzhou, 2001; Excellent Works Award, Zhao Mengfu Prize, National Painting Competition, China, 2000. 

Chu Chu has been widely exhibited, including in France, Germany, England, the United States, Japan, Taiwan, China, and Hong Kong. She was also included in the important modern calligraphy exhibition Writing Non-writing at the China Academy of Art, Hangzhou. We first showcased her works in Beyond the Jade Terrace in 2014 and have since held her first solo show in Hong Kong (2017). We also exhibited her works in Ink Asia 2015 and Art Basel Hong Kong 2016/17 with great success.


1975    Born in Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China
1980    Started to learn Chinese ink painting
2000    BA, Major in Oil Painting, China Academy of Art, Hangzhou, China
Curator, Hangzhou group exhibition for 6 female artists Untitled, 2000 Present
2007    MA, New Media, China Academy of Art, Hangzhou, China, studied under Jiao Jian
Lecturer, Department of Art, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China
2015    PhD, Calligraphy, China Academy of Art, Hangzhou, China, studied under Wang Dongling
Jury, 25th National Photographic Art Exhibition, China Millennium Monument, Beijing, China
2016    Guest professor, Faculty of Humanities, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China
Associate professor, Research Centre of Modern Calligraphy, China Academy of Art, Hangzhou, China
2017    Christie's produced a video about Chu Chu's art
2018    Featured by Poetry Calligraphy Painting Quarterly No.2, Beijing, China
2020    Featured by Shanghai Photography, 1st issue 2020, Shanghai, China
Potry and All Things, Dialogue with Chu Chu Live-streaming, Hangzhou, China
Chu Chu: Photography and Multi-media, a talk of Chu Chu's new works, Department of Art, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China
Present    Vice Secretary, Lanting Calligraphy Society, Hangzhou, China
Vice President, Zhejiang Female Calligraphers Association, Hangzhou, China
Vice President, Zhejiang Culture and Tourism Photographers Association, Hangzhou, China

  • The Whole Creation: Multi-coloured 21g, Shadowless Art Space, Hangzhou, China 
  • Kiss & Beauty, Yinno Living Art Gallery, Hangzhou, China 
  • Material Immaterial, 3 Gallery, Beijing; Kunst Licht, Shanghai, China
  • About Material: Solo Exhibition of New Media, Photography, Calligraphy, Hanhouse Art Museum, Hangzhou, China
  • Material Immaterial,, Beijing, China
  • It’s Not It, OFOTO Gallery, Shanghai, China

  • In the Name of Flowers, T Contemporary Art Centre, Changsha, China
  • Six-A-Side Exhibition: Mount Mogan Resident Art Season, Chaoyang Cultural Hall at Xiaoxi Street, Huzhou, China
  • Lanting Calligraphy Society Biennial, Zhejiang Exhibition Hall, Hangzhou, China
  • Out of the Shadows: Contemporary Chinese Photography, Museum of Photgraphic Art, San Diego, USA
  • Walking Scenery, Moganshan Homestay Space, Shanghai, China
  • Taipei Dangdai, Alisan Fine Arts, Taipei Nangang Exhibition Center, Taipei, Taiwan



  • 40 Years of Chinese Contemporary Photography, OCAT Shenzhen, Shenzhen, China

  • 2018 Art Weihai: Research Exhibition of Famous Contemporary Ink Artists, Weihai Art Museum, Qingdao, China





  • International Biennial of Lanting Calligraphy Commune, Zhejiang Art Museum, Hangzhou, China
  • Zhejiang Contemporary Photography Exhibition by New Artists, Hangzhou, China
  • Material-Word, Bottega Veneta Art Space, Shanghai, China
  • In situ: Exposition Photo Revelation, Paris, France
  • Impression of Pudong: Exhibition by New Artists, Pudong Library, Shanghai, China
  • Jetlag: New Media Exhibition, Hannover Exhibition Centre, Hanover, Germany
  • Tokyo Photo 2012: International Photography Fair, Tokyo Midtown Hall, Tokyo, Japan
  • Calligraphy Exhibition by Chinese Young Artists, Jinhua, China


  • Midsummer, OFOTO Gallery, Shanghai, China
  • Fantasy: 3rd Dali International Photography Exhibition, Dali, China
  • Contemporary Photography in China, Tasveer Studio, India
  • Photo LA+Art LA Projects: Art Fair, Los Angeles, USA


  • Contemporary Photography in China, AKI Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan
  • Beyond the Body: Contemporary Video Exhibition, MOCA, Shanghai, China
  • 1st Jimei International Contemporary Art Festival, Art Museum of Jimei University, Xiamen, China
  • Another Landscape: 1st Photography Annual Exhibition by, Inter Art Centre, 798 Art Zone, Beijing; ESPON Gallery, Moganshan Art Zone, Shanghai; Dali, China
  • Moving, Likailin Contemporary Fine Art Gallery, Manchester, UK
  • Photo Beijing, Agricultural Exhibition Centre of China, Beijing, China


  • Genius, Shopping Gallery, Shanghai, China
  • Creative Women Unite, Houston, USA
  • It's Not It, OFOTO gallery, Shanghai, China
  • The Light of Searching and the Lotus at Dawn: 12th Lishui International Photography Festival, Photography Museum of Lishui, Lishui, China
  • It's Not It Tool: 3rd Lianzhou International Photography Festival, Lianzhou Culture Centre, Lianzhou, China
  • A Glance: Ten Viewers of the West Lake, Tne China Academy of Art "Mixed Reality" Post-Graduate Exhibition, China Academy of Art, Hangzhou, China
  • The Alchemy Shadow, Lianzhou, China


  • It's Not It Tool: Light and Shade, China Academy of Art, Hangzhou, China
  • L’ Art de Produire Art Exhibition, Pompidou Centre, Paris, France


  • China, Green: 1st Video Festival, Ag-Art Loft, Hangzhou, China
  • Thoughts are Seen, Hangzhou, China


  • New Media Arts Festival, China Academy of Art, Hangzhou, China


  • 3rd National Chinese Young Artists Exhibition, National Art Museum of China, Beijing, China


  • New Century Oil Painting Exhibition, Hangzhou, China


  • 2nd Round of Salon Youth Outreach, Hangzhou, China
  • Untitled, 2000 Present: Six Female Artists Group Exhibition, Hangzhou, China


2011   Shiseido Prize of Best Female Photographer, Three Shadows Photography Award, Beijing, China
2010   Yearly Cutting-edge Photographer, selected by, Beijing, China
2006   Creative Award of New Media, China Academy of Art, Hangzhou, China
2001   Excellent Works Award, New Century Oil Painting Exhibition, Hangzhou, China
2000   Excellent Works Award, Zhao Mengfu Prize, National Painting Competition, China

Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, USA
Pompidou Centre, Paris, France
Stavanger Kunstmuseum, Stavanger, Norway
Shanghai Minsheng Art Museum, Shanghai, China
Three Shadows Photography Art Centre, Shanghai, China


2014   Beyond the Jade Terrace, Alisan Fine Arts, Hong Kong
2011   Contemporary Chinese Photography, China Youth Publishing Group, China
2010   25 Cutting-edge Chinese Photographer, Zhejiang Photographic Press, China
2008   Chu Chu Photography Album
1997   Poem “Xiangdie” was published in Genesis periodical, overseas & Poem “Bottle” was published in Author periodical