Born and raised in Changchun, China, Wang Tuo currently lives and works in Beijing. Wang Tuo employs various mediums and a process that combined interview, reality show and the theatre of absurd to construct a maze of melodrama. Through his performative manipulation on individuals’ lived experiences and intervention in intellectual legacies such as literature, film, theatre and art history, Wang’s practice attempts to examine the unreliable relationship between the contemporary human status, myth and cultural archive. In the self-referential environments that he constructs, dramatic, often humorous as well as absurd aspects of the concept of society are exposed. Wang’s practice also seeks to develop a discourse on how present ideology is derived from its historical context continues to adapt to changing condition. Wang has recent solo shows at Gallery EXIT, Hong Kong, White Space Beijing, Salt Project, Beijing, Taikang Space, Beijing, and recent group shows at Julia Stoschek Collection, Düsseldorf, Staatliche Kunsthalle Baden-Baden, Zarya Center for Contemporary Art, Vladivostok, OCAT Shenzhen, OCAT Shanghai, How Art Museum, Shanghai, chi K11 Art Space, Shenyang, Queens Museum, New York, National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Taichung, Vox Populi, Philadelphia, HVCCA, NY, Residency Unlimited, NY and NARS Foundation, NY. Wang Tuo was an Artist in Residence at the Queens Museum, New York from 2015 to 2017. He is the winner of the Three Shadows Photography Award 2018.



MFA, Painting, Boston University, School of Visual Art, Boston, USA, 2014
MA, Painting, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, 2012
BS, Biology, Northeast Normal University, Changchun, China, 2007


WANG Tuo: Smoke and Fire, Present Company, New York, USA

Only the Lonely: Nadim Abbas & Wang Tuo, Gallery EXIT, Hong Kong, China
Spiral, Beijing Contemporary, Beijing, China

Myths We don't Outgrow, White Space Beijing, Beijing, China​  (VR View:
The Monkey Grammarians, Salt Project, Beijing, China

A Little Violence of Organized Forgetting, Taikang Space, Beijing, China
Only the Lonely: Nadim Abbas & Wang Tuo, Incube Arts, New York, USA
Chorus, Riverviews Art Space, Lynchburg, USA

A Study for Human Opera: Prelude, Bromfield Gallery, Boston, USA 



Psyche and Politics, Staatliche Kunsthalle Baden-Baden, Baden-Baden, Germany
Remapping Reality – Selected Video Collection from Wang Bing, OCAT Shanghai, Shanghai, China
The Life Apps, How Art Museum, Shanghai, China

8102 - On Reality, OCAT Shanghai, China
Replay, White Space Beijing, China
Docile, SNAP Art Center, Shanghai, China
Light! Heat! Power!, Spare Space-Frank F. Yang Art and Education Foundation, Shanghai, China
New Metallurgists, Julia Stoschek Collection, Düsseldorf, Germany
One Northeast, Zarya Center for Contemporary Art, Vladivostok, Russia
Play and loop, Blindspot Gallery, Hong Kong
Confusing Public and Private: The 3rd Beijing Photo Biennial, China
40 Years of Chinese Contemporary Photography, OCAT Shenzhen, China
Encounter Asia — Multi-vision of Youth Art, Museum of Sichuan Fine Arts Institute, Chongqing, China
The Exhibition of Annual of Contemporary Art of China 2017, Beijing Minsheng Art Museum, Beijing, China
Ten Directions: The 10th Anniversary Exhibition of the Three Photography Award, Three Shadows Photography Art Center, Beijing, China
Assembling, chi K11 art space, Shenyang, China
Interlink: The 10th Three Shadows Photography Award Exihibition, Three Shadows Photography Art Center, Beijing, China
Infinite Rehearsal, Mocube, Beijing, China

Roadside Picnic, Chambers Fine Art, New York, USA
Bi-city Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture: Ideas on the Move, Sally Project, Shenzhen, China
Indoors Universe: The 5th HuaYu Youth Award, Sanya, China
Phantom Pain Clinic, Jimei × Arles International Photography Festival, China
To Be An Image Maker, Jimei × Arles International Photography Festival, China
If Art Can Start A New Again, Oil Pump Plant Factory, Lishui City, China
The Latch : That Obscure Object of Portraits, C-Space+Local, Beijing, China
Nine, Queens Museum, New York, USA
Dream-atic, Christian Louboutin, Beijing, China
What You See Is Not What You See, LEAP Screen @ PHOTOFAIRS | San Francisco, USA

Re-juvenation, Thornwillow Institute, Newburgh, China

The Real Thing, National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Taichung
House of Flying Boobs, Nuyorican Poets Club & Bowery Poetry Club, New York, USA
Peekskill Project VI, Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, Peekskill, USA
Archimedes's Bathtub, Lorimoto Gallery, New York, USA 
Tirana International Film Festival, Albanian National Center of Cinematography, Tirana, Albania
Re-make/Re-build/Re-stage, Vox Populi, Aux Performance Center, Philadelphia, USA 
CURATICISM |The Gam #2, NARS Foundation, New York, USA 

6th Cairo Video Festival, Gezira Art Center, Cairo, Egypt 
IMA International Film Festival, Kerala Sahitya Academy, IMA Film Society, India 
The Drift, 222Lodge, Dordrecht, Netherlands 
Convergence, 808 Gallery, Boston, USA 
Reminiscence of the Land, 798 Photo Gallery, Beijing, China 
9th Annual Boston Young Contemporaries, 808 Gallery, Boston, USA 
Boston University School of Visual Art MFA Thesis Exhibition, 808 Gallery, Boston, USA


Winner, the 10th Three Shadows Photography Award, China

Shortlist, The 5th HuaYu Youth Award, Sanya, China

Queens Museum, Artist-in-residency, New York, USA

Songyang Fieldwork Station, Songyang, Zhejiang, China
Residency Unlimited, New York, USA 
NARS Foundation International Artists Residency, New York, USA 

Award of Merit: Experimental, The Accolade Global Film Competition, USA 
Video Biennial featured artist award, Stigmart10 VIDEOFOCUS, EU
NYFA IAP Mentoring Program, New York, USA

Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center Prize, Boston University, Winner, Boston, USA
Constatin Alajalov Scholarship, Boston University, Boston, USA

Bronze Award “2012 Annual Nomination Exhibition for Young Contemporary Artists”, Today Art Museum, Beijing, China
Constatin Alajalov Scholarship, Boston University, Boston, USA


2019 Inhale, Exhale, by Thomas Eller, Exhibition catalog essay of Psyche and Politics
2019, Tracing the Anxiety: Discussion from the Pan Xiao's Letter, Feb
2019, 8102 - On Reality, by Chen Jiaying, Jan
2019 Art Frontier, Beyond Realities, by Yin Yadi, Jan
2019 Your Pictur Editor, Spotlight on Three Shadows. Interview to the Beijing Director Nataline Colonnello, Jan
2018, New Metallurgists, by Fang Yan, Dec
2018 Art in America, China’s Photographic Memory, by Xueli Wang, Dec
2018, 40 Years of Chinese Contemporary Photography, by Guo Yun, Nov 
2018, Mental Illness - Wang Tuo on '5000 Feet is the Best', Jun
2018 Jiazazhi: The Interruption of Discourse - On Wang Tuo's 'The Interrogation'
2018 Art Asia Pacific: Roadside Picnic, by Mimi Wong, Jan
2018 Art Frontier, A Rest on Halfway, by Gu Qianfan, Jan 
2017  ARTYOO, Yang Zi: Wang Tuo Instigates Painting to Learn From the Video, by Yang Zi, Nov
2017  Dawan Art, Portrait of Wang Tuo - An Interview about "The Latch", Nov
2017  Frieze, Wang Tuo, by Yuna Fuca, Issue 188, Jun/Aug
2017  LEAP, Wang Tuo - Myths We don't Outgrow, by Li Bowen, June
​2017  Yishu, The Lexicon of Amnesia: An Interview with Wang Tuo, by Li Jia, Issue 81
2017  ArtWorld, Wang Tuo - Myths We don't Outgrow, by Geng Han, May Issue
2017  IArt, Wang Tuo - Myths We don't Outgrow, by Wang Wei, Mar/Apr Issue
2017  Art Asia Pacific, Double Crossing, by Ysabelle Cheung, Issue 102, Mar/Apr
2017  The Monkey Grammarian, published by Salt Project & NCAF
2017  Light Pavilion 2016, published by Taikang Space
2016  Art Observed, AO Preview on Art Basel Miami, November
2016, 500 words, Wang Tuo talks about "A Little Violence of Organized Forgetting", as told to Yuan Fuca, November
2016  Flash Art China, Wang Tuo: A Little Violence of Organized Forgetting, by Huang Jingyuan, November
2016  Wang Tuo: A Little Violence of Organized Forgetting, by Li Jia, Exhibition Catalog 
2016  LEAP, Nadim Abbas & Tuo Wang- Only the Longly, by Chris Blackmore, October
2016 The News & Advance, Tuo Wang's 'multi-narrative spectacles', by Emma Schkloven, January 
2015  LaVoce di New York, by Alessandro Facente, October
2015  NYFA Spotlight, interview, September
2015  Art Newspaper China, by Hanlu Zhang, July
2015  Butterfly Effect, interview, July
2015  Art Reveal Magazine, interview, July
2015  Performing the Teacher, by William Corbett, Exhibition Catalog 
2014  Ray Art Center, Reminiscence of the Land, by Hanlu Zhang, Dec
2014  VIDEOFOCUS Magazine, Stigmart10 VIDEOFOCUS Video biennial 
2014  Studio Visit Magazine, winter 2014 edition 
2014 365 Artists Project by A Frank Juarez Gallery and Greymatter Gallery, September
2014  WULUN.ORG, on-line art journal, by Chelsea Liu, July
2014  Boston Globe, by Cate McQuaid, April
2014  Big Red&Shiny, by Brain Christopher Glaser, April
2013  Boston Globe, by Cate McQuaid, Aug