Tao Aimin



Born in 1974 in Hunan, Tao Aimin currently lives and works in Beijing.

Tao Aimin’s work employs an anthropological perspective and aims to explore the personal histories and daily lives of women in rural China, giving voice to the unexpressed and undocumented experiences on the verge of being forgotten. Tao works across media often combining found objects, with calligraphy and painting, moving fluently between the languages of traditional and contemporary art, and elite and popular cultures.

Tao Aimin graduated from the Fine Arts Department of National Huaqiao University, Fujian in 1999, where she studied ink painting. She completed the teaching assistant course in the Mural Painting Department of Beijing’s prestigious Central Academy of Fine Arts in 2001.

She has previously exhibited in World Art Museum of China Millennium Monument (2005, 2006, 2011), National Art Museum of China (2009), Today Art Museum (2008, 2010), Sakshi Gallery, Taipei (2009), Ink Studio (2014, 2019) and Tai Kwun Contemporary, Hong Kong (2021). Most recently, her work has been included in ‘Stepping Out: Female Identities in Contemporary Chinese Art’ at the Lillehammer Museum, Norway (2022), GL Strand Copenhagen, Denmark  (2022/2023) and Museum der Moderne, Salzburg, Austria (2023).


Interview Trailer | Dr Luise Guest and Dr Geoff Raby AO

Trailer | Hidden Letters

Women's River, 2015

Half the Sky: Women Artists in Modern and Contemporary Chinese Art by Dr Luise Guest

Performance | Women's River


1999 Huaqiao University, Quanzhou, China
2001 Graduated from Assistant Lecturer Training class in Mural Painting Department, Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing, China
2023 Her Secret Code: Tao Aimin and Nüshu, Vermilion Art, Sydney, Australia
2010 Riverbed, Red Gate Gallery, Beijing, China Through Woman’s Fingers, Cocolan Art Center, Beijing, China
2006 A Woman’s Long March: Device, Video and Photography Exhibition, Long March Space, Beijing, China
2001 Solo Exhibition, Corridor Gallery in Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing, China
2023 Stepping Out! Female Identities in Chinese Contemporary, Kunstforeningen GI Stand, Copenhagen, Denmark
Stepping Out! Female Identities in Chinese Contemporary, Museum der Moderne Salzburg, Salzburg, Austria
2022 Stepping Out! Female Identities in Chinese Contemporary, Lillehammer Art Museum, Lillehammer, Norway
2021 Ink City, Tai Kwun Contemporary, Hong Kong, China
Diversified Expressions—Contemporary Chinese Ink Art, Daqian Gallery, Beijing, China
Zheng Mo-Contemporary Ink Painting Exhibition, Artron Art Center, Shenzhen, China
Scars and Annual Rings, Haus am Lützowplatz, Berlin, Germany
2019 Undersong: Secrets, Dreams, Truths, and Power, INK studio, Beijing, China
Native Arts—International Contemporary Female Artist Online Biennale, Hebei Female Artists Association/Hebei Oil Painting Association/China Art Association (Taiwan, China)/International Association for the Study of Art, France
2015 Naturally Women: An All-female Chinese Contemporary Art Exhibition, KIP International School Pavilion of Milan EXPO, Milan, Italia
Innovatively Transformed Folk Art, 2015 Beijing 798 Art Festival, Beijing, China
“Promotion Exhibition” Theme Display, Dashanzi Art District, Beijing, China
Burst into Bloom, The First Session of Chinese Contemporary Women Artists Exhibition, Chengdu, China
2014 Ink and the Body, INK studio, Beijing, China
2013 Colour Temperature: Exchange Exhibition of 27 of China’s Finest Young Artists, Osman Hamdi Bey Hall, Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University, Istanbul, Turkey
The Second Chinese Female Artists Exhibition, The Chinese Museum of Women and Children, Beijing, China
2012 We Are Young, Yunmen Yaji Art Museum, Beijing, China
Luan Feng Qi Ming: Female Artists Exhibition, Tree Museum, Beijing, China
2011 Existence without Immortality: Modern Female Artists Exhibition Series, China Millennium Monument Contemporary Art Center, Beijing, China
Half the Sky: Women in the New Art of China, Leonard Pearlstein Gallery, Drexel University, Philadelphia, U.S.A.
2010 Pingyao International Photography Festival, Pingyao Cotton Mill Factory, Pingyao, China Artistic Impression of Chinese, Today Art Museum, Beijing, China
 Chinese Women Art Exhibition, The Chinese Museum of Women and Children, Beijing, China
The Possibility of Uncertainty—798 and the Surrounding Community Youth Art Exhibition, Songzhuang Art Museum, Beijing, China
2009 Ink Cutting-Edge 2009, The Wenjin International Art Center, Beijing, China
Counterparts: Chinese & Germany Contemporary Art Exhibition, Wuhan Art Museum, Wuhan, China
First Chongqing Biennale for the Young Artists, CQ International Convention & Exhibition Center, Chongqing, China
China Narratives: the Fourth Chengdu Biennale, Chengdu Century City New International Convention and Exhibition Center, Chengdu, China
The Tradition of the New: Emerging Artists Group Exhibition, Sakshi Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan
Describe · Speak: 2009 Cross-Strait Contemporary Art, National Art Museum of China, Beijing; National Taiwan Museum of Fine Art, Taichung, Taiwan
In the Mood for Paper, F2 Gallery, Beijing, China
Nu Yishu—Series IV-Nu Red, Imagine Gallery, Beijing, China
2008 Future Sky—Chinese Young Contemporary Artist works Selection Exhibition, Today Art Museum, Beijing, China
Ink Cutting-Edge 2008, 798 Art Bridge Gallery, Beijing, China
In Progress Now—2008 · Let Nanjing Fly, Phoenix Art Museum, Nanjing, China
Ink Not Ink: Chinese Contemporary Ink Painting Invitation Exhibition, Shenzhen Art Museum, Shenzhen, China; Today Art Museum, Beijing, China; Bossone Research Center, Drexel University, Philadelphia, U.S.A.
Multiple Realities, F2 Gallery, Beijing, China
Female on the Way, Mozen Art Museum, Beijing, China
Long March Capital-Visual Economy, Long March Space, Beijing, China
Chinese Contemporary Art Document Exhibition, Wall Art Museum, Beijing, China
2007 Transfigurations, Sepia International Gallery, New York, U.S.A.
Ink Cutting-Edge 2007, Yanhuang Art Museum, Beijing, China
SHE, 3818 Cool Gallery, Beijing, China
China under Construction: Contemporary Art from the People’s Republic, Deborah Colton Gallery, Houston, U.S.A.
Female Artists Show, Yanh Huang Art Museum, Beijing, China
Central Railway International Art Exhibition, Central Railway Art Camp, Beijing, China
2006 Chinese Contemporary Art Document Exhibition, China Millennium Monument Museum, Beijing, China
2005 Chinese Character Art Exhibition, Beijing World Art Museum of China Millennium Monument, Beijing, China
Temperature: International Celebration of Andersen’s 200th Birthday Anniversary — Chinese Contemporary Art Invitational Exhibition, Beijing World Art Museum of China Millennium Monument, Beijing, China
North Jutland Art Museum, Aalborg, Denmark
2002 Seven Day Landscape, Art Museum of Beijing International Art Center, Beijing, China


The Chinese Museum of Women and Children, Beijing, China
Chengdu Modern Art Museum, Chengdu, China
Long March Space, Beijing, China
Yan Huang Art Museum, Beijing, China
Fine Arts Literature Magazine, Wuhan, China
Fiake- Förderung des internationalen Austausches für Künste und Erziehung e. V., Germany
Garage Collection, Lucerne, Switzerland


2016 River of Women nominated ’30 Works for 30 Years’ for the most influential installation work over the past thirty years in China
2009 Nominated Artist of the Year in installation and multimedia by Art China
2008 Xiao Shufang Arts Award nomination, Wu Zuoren International Foundation of Fine Arts
2006 Newcomer Award of 2006 Chinese Contemporary Art Document Exhibition, The China Millennium Monument

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