Zhuang Hui was born in 1963 in Yumen, Gansu province and lives in Beijing. He is a conceptual artist who mainly expresses himself through performance, photography and installation. He was raised by a father who was an itinerant studio photographer in Gansu. A selftaught man, he learned oil painting from his neighbour after high school, besides his job as a factory worker. Zhuang Hui began to frequent avant-garde circles in the early 1990s, at the time when he created his first (highly political) performances.
He became known in the late 1990s thanks to his long horizontal portraits of groups of workers, students and citizens. Highly recognized in China, Zhuang Hui has also participated in group exhibitions at the Yuz Art Museum (Jakarta), Smart Museum of Art (Chicago), Pinacoteca Nazionale (Bologna), and the Lyon Museum of Contemporary Art. Most of his works, although they take a variety of forms and media, stage interventions in real places and events and question the role of the individual in society.