Tao Xian works in paintings, photo transfers, videos and installations. They are are often process based, using both analog and digital technologies to reinterpret photographic images. In her recent painting series, she uses a scanner as a means to create near-abstract compositions in which she draws attention to the optical vibrant light and empty space that the scanner produces when the scanning process has been interfered with. She's interested in the faultiness in preserving memory particularly in the digital era, as well as the sense of alienation we all experience with respect to images, how they affect us while also creating distances. She wishes to create spaces of critical thinking, by using images that connect to memory traces, to reflect the idea of seeing, recalling and distancing.



2014–2016         Parsons School of Design, New York, US

2009–2013        Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing, China



2016    The Unseen, Fukiage Museum of Art, Okayama, Japan


2016     I Can Because You Do, PARTICIPANT INC, New York, US

2015     Process:Concept, Industry City, New York, US

2015     Parsons MFA Fine Arts Open Studios, 25 East Gallery, New York, US

2014     “Threshold”, 25 East Gallery, New York, US

2013      Shanghai Youth Art Exhibition,China Arts Palace, Shanghai, China

2013      Taikoo Li Sanlitun North Gallery, Beijing, China

2012      College Students Art Fair (Guangzhou), Poly World Trade Center Exhibition Hall, Guangzhou, China