Born in 1982 in Xinjiang, China.
A graduate from the oil painting department at Xinjiang Institute of Arts, Zhao quickly realised that his aesthetic language is best expressed through performance. He understands art as a « performative, gestural way to provoke as well as mediate alternative realities in pursuit of new subjectivities. » Zhao’s first performance piece was conceptualised while he was still an art student in Xinjiang. Since then, he has exhibited in numerous galleries and institutions around the world. What sets Zhao apart from his peers is the diversity of his skills – it is almost impossible to define Zhao’s oeuvre in terms of a certain style or medium.