( b.1978, Beijing)
Rao Fu (傅饶) left China at the age of twenty-three to live in Germany, where he studied painting and graphics at the Dresden Academy of Fine Arts.
During his visits to German museums he discovered the paintings of the old masters, whose influence is present throughout his works. Fiacres, horses, and period costumes are all allusions to a lost world that he transposes in another temporality.
Although less evident at first sight, traditional Chinese painting is also an underlying feature of his works, both from a technical and philosophical perspective.
Rao Fu is particularly interested in landscapes, which he likes to represent in all their potency and immensity. Using double or triple perspective, he augments the landscape’s grandeur and includes several visual fields in the same picture, creating a captivating immersive effect for the viewer.
The ghostlike and almost transparent figures that people his large landscapes merge into an environment, which becomes the mirror of their emotions and those of the painter. According to Rao Fu, his landscapes reflect his inner world but can also be freely interpreted.
In his narrative and mysterious world, eras and Eastern and Western cultures coexist and are naturally combined. He attempts to render the essence and pure expression of man, to create a universal art that transcends cultural diversities.
Shortly after graduating from Academy of Fine Arts Dresden in 2014, Rao Fu is awarded the Heinrich-Böll-Fondation Artist Fellowship. In the same year, his solo exhibition is held at Kunstverein Junge Kunst under the auspices of Volkswagen in Wolfsburg, and his first book, “Rao Fu- Follow Wind”, is published by the German publisher Kerber Verlag. In 2016, Rao Fu has a solo exhibition at Dresden City Museum which acquires his work “Mirage”. Two years later, Rao Fu presents a solo exhibition at the Contemporary Art Museum of Luxembourg, and his painting “Mermaid” is collected by the National Museum of History and Art (MNHA). In 2019, his solo exhibition “Infinitrace ” is held at the Guandu Museum of Art in collaboration with the Mind Set Art Center in Taipei, where he presents two large triptychs of over 4 meters. Rao Fu receives the Saxon State Prize 2020 for Creativity from the Ministry of Culture. In 2021 he presents his “Combustion” bi-city solo exhibition at Galerie Vazieux in Paris, and Shanghai Art 021. The same year, his work is exhibited in the Asian Art Museum of Nice, alongside Asian artists such as Zao Wou-ki and Chu Teh-Chun, as part of the exhibition “Landscapes of the Soul”. Recently, Rao Fu has been featured as one of the most prominent post-70s and post-80s artists in the book “Dissonance-Platform Germany” by Mark Gisbourne and Christoph Tannert.
2023 Flaming Images, Mindset Art Center, Taipei, Taiwan
2023 Art Basel Hong Kong with Mindset Art Center, Hong Kong
2023 Art SG with Galerie Vazieux, Singapore
2022 Dresden, Fergus McCaffrey gallery, New York City, USA
2022 Art Paris Art Fair with Galerie Vazieux, Paris, France
2021 Art 021 with Mindset Art Center, Shanghai, China
2021 Combustion, Galerie Vazieux, Paris, France
2020 In The Rain, EIGENHEIM Berlin, Berlin, Germany
2019 Night fishing, Gallery EIGENHEIM Berlin (salon), Berlin, Germany
2019 Infinitrace, Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts (KdMoFA), Taipei, Taiwan
2018 Paysages Intérieurs, Gallery ARTSCAPE Contemporary S.à,r.I.-S, Luxembourg
2018 CENTURY, Platform China Contemporary Art Institute, Beijing，China
2017 COXCOMB, Galerie Irrgang, Berlin, Germany
2017 Follow Wind, Galerie Heissingsart, Lübeck, Germany
2016 CHIMERICA, Projektraum Neue Galerie, City Art Gallery, Dresden, Germany
2016 OPEN STUDIO, HALLE 14, Baumwollspinnerei Leipzig, Germany
2015 PLANKTON, Gellery Irrgang, Leipzig, Germany
2014 Follow Wind, Kunstverein Junge Kunst, Wolfsburg, Germany
2013 MIRAGE, Gallery Grafikladen, Dresden, Germany
2012 CHIMERICA, Kunstverein Göttingen, Germany
2011 Rao Fu Arbeiten, Kunst bei Gericht, Ständehaus, Dresden,Germany
2010 Chimäre, Gallery Ling, Berlin, Germany
2009 Qi Nian / Sieben Jahre, Gallery Elly Brose Eiermann, Dresden, Germany
Das Nationalmuseum für Geschichte und Kunst Luxemburg (MNHA), Luxembourg
Kunstfonds der Staatlichen Kunstsammlungen, Dresden
Kunstmuseum der Stadt Dresden
Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts, Taipei
2023 One Week Show, Galerie Vazieux, Paris, France
2023 Asia Now Art Fair with Kornfeld Galerie, Paris, France
2023 Nocturnal Ballads, Galerie Perrotin, Shanghai, China
2023 Fergus McCaffrey gallery, New York City, USA
2021 Landscape of the Soul, Asian Art Museum, Nice, France
2020 PRISMA, Gallery EIGENHEIM, Berlin, Germany
2020 Renaissance: Marina CRUZ, Rao FU and SHI Jin-Hua, Mind Set Art Center, Taipei, Taiwan
2020 And Life Goes On: The Special Project for MSAC 10th Anniversary II, Mind Set Art Center, Taipei, Taiwan
2020 Janus: ABHK Booth at MSAC, Mind Set Art Center, Taipei, Taiwan
2018 Chaos:Rao FU, JHONG Jiang-Ze, TANG Jo-Hung, Mind Set Art Center, Taipei, Taiwan
2017 1443, Galerie Ursula Walter, Dresden
2015 Das muss mann gesehen haben, 10 Jahren Städtische Galerie Dresden – Erwerbungen und
2015 Schenkungen, City Art Gallery Dresden, Germany
2014 DaDa Ty, Hellerau – Europäisches Zentrum der Künste Dresden
2014 Kooperation, Galerie Ursula Walter, Dresden
2014 Cologne Paper Art, Köln
2013 jetzt hier, Gegenwartskunst. Aus dem kunstfonds, Kunsthalle im Lipsiusbau, Dresden,Germany
2013 Hommage to Asia, Chinesischer Pavillon, Dresden,Germany
2013 HYPE, Geh8, Dresden,Germany
2012 Dresdner Biennale des 20. Kunstfestivals Ornö, Dresden,Germany
2012 Die unsichtbaren Städte, 2025 Kunst und Kultur e.V. Hamburg, Germany