• Kang Haitao 康海涛

    Chinese, b.1976, Chongqing, lives and works in Chengdu, Mianyang.


    Kang Haitao is an oil painter who is fascinated by the ordinary and the everyday – a copse of trees, closed doors, a small house – but each of his paintings is intensified through close attention to detail and his desire to paint these scenes by night. Kang’s work builds on the Jimo (accumulating ink) technique of traditional Chinese landscape painting, creating an atmosphere of tranquility, unfamiliarity and mystery.


    Alongside his ‘night scenes’ series, Kang continues to explore more formal abstraction. His abstract works start from a blank space – the void. His process is almost meditative, a sort of antithetical response to the intensity of his ‘night scenes’ work, yet he does not consider these works to come from any psychological (conscious or unconscious) experience. Kang’s abstract works are created through a continuous affirmative and negative process, intuition and spirituality, absence and presence.

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  • Education

    2000 Graduated from Sichuan Fine Arts Academy, Oil Painting Department Living in Chengdu, China


    Selected Solo Exhibitions

    2021 Fitful Memories, Lan Gallery, Shenzhen, China

    2021 Kang Haitao: Astronomy of landscape PIFO Gallery, Beijing

    2017 Kang Haitao, PIFO Gallery, Beijing

    2014 Ge-Stell: Kang Haitao Solo Show, Lelege Art, Beijing

    2013 F0RWARD! Contemporary Art & Contemporary City I, Minsheng Art Museum, Shanghai, China

    2012 A Burning Within - Kang Haitao, PIFO Gallery, Beijing, China

    2012 Kang Haitao Solo Exhibition, VA Gallery Hongkong

    2009 “Introversion and Meditation—Solo Exhibition of Kang Haitao”, PIFO New Art Gallery, Beijing, China

    2001 “Inward”, Solo Exhibition, Mianyang, China


    Selected Group Exhibitions

    2021 Local Individuals- Contemporary Chinese Painting Research Exhibition, Epoch Art Museum, Wenzhou

    2021 Listing, PIFO Gallery, Beijing

    2020 Painting: Hong, Guangdong Art Museum, Guangzhou

    2020 Above the Edge, Art Triumph Gallery, Beijing

    2020 Walking with History - the 80th Anniversary of Sichuan Fine Arts Institute, Sichuan Fine Arts Institute Art Museum, Chongqing

    2020 Summer Group Exhibition, PIFO Gallery, Beijing

    2019 Historical Gaze: Revisiting Chinese Contemporary Art, Jupiter Art Museum, Shenzhen

    2019 Abstract Group Exhibition 12th Session, PIFO Gallery, Beijing

    2019 Stone Blu - About the nature of the expression and answer of several questions, Want Space &126 Creative Park, Mianyang

    2019 Witness and Expression - Excellent Works Exhibition of Beijing Gallery Association, Songzhuang Art Museum, Beijing

    2019 Concept · Mind, Hubei Institute of Fine Arts Art Museum, Wuhan

    2019 Group Exhibition of Figurative Paintings, New Art Space, Beijin

    2018 Gathering of Masters South Lake. The White Dew Contemporary Chinese Art Exhibition, Huazhong Agricultural University Art Museum, Wuhan

    2018 Another Alef-German Contemporary Art Dialogue exhibition, De Art Museum, Xiamen

    2018 Abstract Group Exhibition 11th -- A Kind of Painting Rhetoric: A Comparative Study of Chinese and German Art, Fangfeng New Art Space, Beijing

    2017 Post-Plainness, Pu Art, Beijing

    2017 Decade: Abstract Art 10, PIFO Gallery, Beijing

    2016 Beijing 798 Impression, National Geographic Museum, Rome

    2016 Poetic Community, Xiamen Port Authority, Xiame

    2016 Drawing the Beginning, La Galerie Épisodique, Paris Poétique

    2016 Abstract Art 9, PIFO Gallery, Beijing

    2016 Return: Poetic Dwelling in Contemporary Art, PIFO Gallery, Beijing

    2015 Inward: The Eighth Exhibition of Abstract Art 2015, PIFO Gallery, Beijing

    2015 Inward: Abstract Art 8, PIFO Gallery, Beijing In Between Sceneries: Intuition and Experience, TOKYO GALLERY+BTAP, Beijing

    2014 COSMOS: Opening Exhibition of Shanghai 21st Century Minsheng Art Museum, Shanghai 21st Century Minsheng Art Museum, Shanghai

    2014 Social Landscape-The Landscape Narration in Chinese Contemporary painting As Well As Its Cultural Concept Changes, Chengdu International Communication Center For Cultural and Art Pieces, Chengdu

    2014 Awakening Intuition of China – The First Exhibition, Enjoy Art Museum, Beijing

    2014 Normal & Abnormal Scenery, Lelege Art Space, Beijing

    2014 The Moment, The Place: Abstract Art 7, PIFO Gallery, Beijing

    2014 Re-View-Opening Exhibition of Long Museum West Bund, Long Museum, Shanghai

    2014 New Generation Of Abstract Art, Sishang Art Museum, Beijing

    2014 Beijing Young Collectors 1+1 Invitational Exhibition, Linart Café, Beijing

    2013 Criss-Cross: Artworks of Young Chinese Contemporary Artists from Long Collection”, Long Museum, Shanghai, China

    2013 “China-Eastern Europe: New Sights in Chinese Contemporary Art”, Xin Dong Cheng Space For Contemporary Art, Eastern Europe

    2013 “Time Zone”: Creation and Exploration of Contemporary Young College Teachers, Art Museum of Nanjing University of the Arts, Nanjing, China

    2013 “Relation– The Sixth Chengdu Biennale”, Chengdu New Century City Conferences and Exhibition Center, Chengdu, China

    2013 “Mind and Hand in Accord-The Sixth Exhibition of Chinese Abstract Art”, PIFO Gallery ,Beijing, China

    2012 “Unveiled” - New Art from China,Germany Berlin Koppenplatz 5, Berlin, Germany

    2012 “Close Observation & Distant Meditation--2012 Contemporary Art Invitational Exhibition”, Chengdu Luodai town nest Art Center, Chengdu, China

    2012 Phase of Heart-Abtract Art Group Exhibition I, Va Gallery, Hong Kong

    2012 “China Good Gallery Exhibition”, Songzhuang, Beijing, China

    2012 “Beyong”, Babu Space, Beijing, China

    2011 Biennale 2011, Chengdu Contemporary Art Museum, Chengdu, China

    2011 Redefinition - Skepticism of Post-70s’s Art, Today Art Museum, Beijing, China

    2011 “Representation of Realistic Art: Exhibition of Painting”, Chengdu Biennale 2011, Chengdu Contemporary Art Museum, Chengdu, China

    2011 “Aspects of the Other - Italy in the Eyes of Chinese Artists”, Italy-China Tour Exhibition

    2011 City Gusto - The 4th Anniversary of HotSpot, Today Museum of Art, Beijing, China

    2011 “From Scenery to Scenery of Culture - Post-70s Artists Research·Jianghan Stars Plan”,Wuhan Art Museum, Hubei, China

    2010 “New Face 1 - Group Exhibition of Chinese Contemporary Art”, Chintsao Space, Beijing, China

    2010 “Youth at Upstairs”, Nomination Exhibition of Young Critics 2010, Time Art Museum, Beijing

    2010 Art Beijing 2010, National Agriculture Exhibition Center, Beijing

    2010 “RESHAPING HISTORY - Chinart from 2000 to 2009”, China National Convention Center, Beijing, China

    2010 “What is Art?” Time Art Museum Beijing China

    2010 “The Fifth A+A” PIFO Gallery Beijing China

    2010 “Thirty Years of Chinese Contemporary Art” Minsheng Art Museum Shanghai

    2009 Open Horizon - Chinese Contemporary Art Exhibition, Czech National Gallery, Prague

    2009 “Time Power” CHANG ART Beijing,China

    2008 People · History -- 20th Century Chinese Fine Arts Research Exhibition, CafA Museum, Beijing

    2008 “Future Sky” Chinese Contemporary Young Artists Nominated Exhibition, Today Art Museum, Beijing

    2008 “Invisible Youth”Young Artists Exhibition of China WATERGATE gallery, Seoul, Korea

    2008 A+A '2008-A+A Third Exhibition, PIFO Gallery (Beijing) duolun Museum of Modern Art, Shanghai

    2007 “The Cause” Painting Exhibition of Eight Artists Mianyang China

    2007 “Substantial Man” Southwest Texas USA

    2007 “Jin” Contemporary Art Exhibition Capital Normal University of Fine Arts Beijing, China

    2007 A+A2007-A+A Exhibition, Art Laboratory, Exhibition Hall of Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing

    2007 Sichuan University Art Museum (Chengdu), Chongqing Art Museum, Chongqing

    2006 “Transgression” PIFO Gallery Beijing China

    2006 “Comfortable Way” PIFO Gallery Beijing China

    2006 “Greater than” Beijing Today International Gallery Beijing China

    2005 “The Cause” Painting Exhibition of Eight Artists Mianyang China

    2004 “Shanghai Spring Art Saloon” Shanghai China



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    Fitful Memories

    Kang Haitao

    2021.9.18 - 2021.11.17