Biography

Zhang Dali

Zhang Dali was born in Harbin, China in 1963. 

He graduated from the painting department at the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing with a BA in 1987. 

An influential figure in socio-political artistic movements in China, Zhang Dali has, for decades, challenged the conventional with his social documentation in graffiti, sculpture, photography, and painting.

Zhang Dali was exiled after graduating from the Central Academy of Fine Arts and spent six years immersing himself in Western art and art history in Italy. Upon his return to Beijing, he developed a keen interest in portraiture (usually of himself), documentary and public urban art, often interrupting spaces with confrontational political statements. 

His work is part of important public collections, such as: Fukuoka Art Museum, Fukuoka, Japan; The Brooklyn Museum, New York, USA; Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA; The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, USA; International Center of Photography, New York, USA; SFMOMA, San Francisco, USA, among many others.

Zhang Dali currently lives and works in Beijing, China.