Lu Chao’s oil paintings draw their formal inspiration from traditional Chinese ink painting. His original technique, in which a bold and adventurous use of black and white mirrors the drama of the story-telling, pays a remarkable tribute to the economy of means embodied by traditional Chinese black ink painting. However, his narrative, concerned with the interaction between human being and sources of power yet as terrestrial authority yet as metaphysical entity, fits entirely into the ‘humanistic’ Western tradition.

A subtle humorous note permeates his glimpses on contemporary society where anonymous human faces or bodies in miniature seem to be blindly accepting their fate.

“We find it difficult to truly understand our own persona, and we find it even more exhausting to comprehend the world around us. The gap between what we do and what we do not know, shapes the beauty and excitements of life.” (Lu Chao)


Lu Chao (b. 1988 in Shenyang, China) currently lives and works between London and Beijing.

He completed his Bachelor at the Central Academy of Fine Arts - Oil painting department - in Beijing, China and his Masters at the painting department of the Royal College of Art in London, UK. Lu Chao has had solo shows in ambitious international galleries across Europe and Asia. In 2017 an acclaimed duo exhibition featuring his work was held in Venice during the Venice Biennale. His work has been acquired by the Louis Vuitton Collection, DSL Collection, The Strock Collection, Today Art Museum, Beijing along with several private collections.