Cao Fei’s work mixes social commentary, popular aesthetics, references to Surrealism, and documentary conventions in her films and installations. Her works reflect on the rapid and chaotic changes that are occurring in Chinese society today.
Previous works of Cao Fei had participated in a number of international biennales including Shanghai Biennale, Moscow Biennale, Taipei Biennale, 15th & 17th Biennale of Sydney, Istanbul Biennale, Yokohama Triennale, and 50th, 52nd & 56th Venice Biennale. She also exhibited her works and projects in Serpentine Gallery, Tate Modern; New Museum, Guggenheim Museum, MoMA / PS1 (New York); Foundation Louis Vuitton, Palais de Tokyo and Centre Pompidou.
Cao Fei’s recent projects include the Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Chinese Art Initiative at Guggenheim Museum and retrospective at K21 Dusseldorf.
Cao Fei was a nominee for the Future Generation Art Prize 2010 and the finalist of Hugo Boss Prize 2010. She received the Chinese Contemporary Art Award (CCAA) Best Young Artist Award in 2006 and Best Artist Award in 2016; Piedra de Sal Award at Cuenca Biennale in 2016.