Tao Xian has been making painting, photography, and prints that deal with how technology and the digital world has transformed our relationship with the world. In particular, my works focus on creating a new way of narration through image manipulations. She thinks of her paintings as screen, it reveals a sense of alienation we all experience with respect to the digital world, how it affects us while also creating distances. She is currently working on a series of painting that looks at the formation of identity. This body of work brings together fragmented images of Asian escorts, psychedelic computer glitches and a technical mastering of oil painting.

Tao Xian (b.1991, Maanshan, Anhui Province, China) Graduated from Oil Painting department, Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing (B.F.A) in 2013 and Parsons the New School for Design, New York (M.F.A) in 2016. Tao Xian currently lives and works in New York. Her works have been frequently exhibited in the United States, China and Japan. Recently she had shown her works at Gallery 456 in New York (2017), Fukiage Museum of Art in Japan(2016), Participant in New York (2016), Untitled Space in New York (2016), Industry City in Brooklyn (2015), and China Art Palace in Shanghai (2014).




Solo and Two Person Exhibition

2017      Sense Scratch, Fingerprint Gallery, Beijing, China

2017     Phantom Pains, Gallery 456, New York, US

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


Selected Group Exhibition

2018 Constructing a Praxis of Artist/Educator, The Smith Learning Theater, Columbia University, New York, US

2018 Signal Flo, The SL8 Gallery, Gainesville, FL, US

2017     Progress Everyday, Zhuzhong Art Museum, Beijing, China

2017     Unfolding Exit, DA+Space, Shanghai, China  


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

2015     Pouring, Digging, Leaking, 25 East Gallery, New York, US

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

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

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

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