Born in Tianshu, Gansu, in 1978, Cai Dongdong joined the People's Liberation Army at an early age, assuming the role of portrait photographer for enlisted soldiers. This work became a formal training in the middle, becoming a professional career when he returned to Beijing and opened his own studio. Taking  made-up materials and objects, creates what he calls "photographic sculptures". His work has been the subject of individual exhibitions around the world, including Photo Autocracy, Klein Sun Gallery, New York, NY (2017); Fountain, Klein Sun Gallery, New York, NY (2016); Out of target: Cai Dongdong, Charles Chu Reading Room, Connecticut College (2016); Image Uterus Production Power, Gallery 55, Shanghai, China (2013); Draftsmanship, Mattias Kuper Galleries, Stuttgart, Germany (2012); Tea Garden, UNIDEE Art Foundation, Biella, Italy (2011); and 51 m2: 6 # Cai Weidong, Taikang Space, Beijing, China (2010), among others. 


“Dust,” Street Museum, Seoul, South Korea                                          
"Form," Space Kaan, Seoul, South Korea
“Real Illusion,” Klein Sun Gallery, New York, NY
 “Dust,” Christian Louboutin, Art Basel, Wan Chai, Hong Kong  

“Civilized Landscape,” Klein Sun Gallery, New York, NY 

 “Ji Zhou,” HDM Gallery, Hangzhou, China

“Objectified Spectacle,” Tang Contemporary Art, Beijing, China  
“On the Way Home: Shanghai Pudong International Airport Special Exhibition, the 9th Shanghai Biennale Special Project Mingyuan, Zhongshan Park Project, ”Shanghai, China

“Realite Illusoire,” A2Z Art Gallery, Paris, France

“Ashes of Time,” Tang Contemporary Art, Beijing, China
“The Imagination of Reality & The Reality of Imagination,” 5 Art, Guangzhou, China

“In Situ,” Ullens Centre For Contemporary Art, Beijing, China                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           


"Troubled Intentions Ahead: Confusing Public and Private - 3rd Beijing Photo Biennial," CAFA Art Museum

“Simultaneous Eidos,” Guangzhou Image Triennial 2017, Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou, China
"Imaginary Frontiers," Boghossian Foundation  - Villa Empain, Brussels, Belgium
"Empty Seat- Chinese Conceptual Photography," Bangkok Tang Contemporary Art Bangkok, Thailand

 "All Rivers Run to the Sea, One Thousand Cliffs Stand Tall: the Songzhunag Artistic Spirit as a Community of Values,"  Song Zhuang East Art Center, Beijing, China 
"Children of Hangzhou: Connecting with China," Young At Art Museum, Davie, FL 
"Scenery Shot - Unrelated to Photography," New Gallery of Art, Shanghai, China 
“Quartet,” Baik Art, Los Angeles, CA; Baudoin Lebon, Paris, France; Choi&Lager Gallery, Cologne, Germany; Gallery Su, Beijing, China
“WALK! Passages: Walking in Contemporary Art,” Perlman Teaching Museum, Carleton College, Northfield, MN
“Photography and Film Constructs,” Ringling College of Art and Design, Sarasota, FL
“Another Landscape,” Yang Art Museum, Beijing, China
“Dust,” SKPxPQA art showcase, Beijing, China

“Jimei X Arles: Encounters Between East and West—International Photo Festival,” Yuanbo Garden, Tan Kan Kee Art Center, Three Shadows Art Center Xiamen, China
“Real/Unreal,” The First edition of Changjiang International Photography & Video Biennale, Chongqing Changjiang Museum of Contemporary Art, China
“The Persistence of Images,” Redtory Art and Culture Organization, Guangzhou, China
“It’s not right, but it’s okay,” Ucca Store, Beijing, China
 “The 2nd Three Shadows Experimental Image Open Exhibition,” Three Shadows Photography Art Centre, Beijing, China

“Single Tone,” NUOART Gallery, Beijing, China
“Un Jour Ordinaire,” A2Z Art Gallery, Paris, France

“Chaque Petale Est Une Fleur,” A2Z Art Gallery, Paris, France
The 9th Shanghai Biennale Special Project Mingyuan, “Zhongshan Park Project,” Shanghai, China

“Elegant Mountain and Water, Contemporary Art Exhibition,” Taihang Mountain, Linzhou, China

“Spectacular!” Tang Contemporary Art, Bangkok, Thailand
“Retrospection & Deviation,” Times Art Museum Beijing, Beijing, China 
“Optional Exercise,” Li-Space, Beijing, China

“Rendez-vous 09,” Institut d'Art Contemporain, Villeurbanne, France
“Heart Outside of Body,” 2009 Pingyao International Photography Festival, China

“55 Days in Valencia. Chinese Art Meeting,” Institut Valencia d’Art Modern, Valencia, Spanish

“The Alchemy of Shadows,” Third Lianzhou International Photo Festival, China
“Lost & Found,” Soka Art Center, Beijing, China
“Highlights in the Visual Landscape,” A-9 Space, Beijing, China
“Exit/Entrance,” Xin Beijing Art Gallery, Beijing, China

“2 Jours De Nuit,” Place Saint-Sulpice, Paris, France

 “Archaeology of The Future,” The Second Triennial of China Art, Nanjing, China

“Nuit d’ART-Ventures,” Place Saint-Sulpice, Paris, France

“Groupe10,” University Paris 1, Paris, France