At the heart of Meng Zhou’s work is a conversation between tradition and modernity. Through painting, sculpture and installation he attempts to merge and to transform classical Chinese symbolism and imagery using Western styles and techniques. His artistic project draws on poetic analogies of Chinese cultural history and myth that help to narrate his work.

Although his work may seem figurative in parts his subjects are always borne out of fiction, composites drawn from a combination of dreamscapes, collected images and anatomical research. Through his paintings Meng is interested specifically in the oscillation between figuration and abstract gesture and drawing out the specific moment when comprehensible figures or forms immerge from amorphous mass.

Meng’s cinematic oeuvre runs parallel to his painting and sculpture. The material immediacy of the camera allows his work to document and explore single incidents and narrates stories that hover between disconcerting dreams and reality.


Meng Zhou

1992 Born in Shaoxing, Zhejiang, China


2016-2018 MA Moving image, Royal College of Arts, London, UK

2013-2016 BA Painting, Camberwell College of Arts, London, UK

2012-2013 Fashion Design, Pratt Institute, NYC, USA

Solo Exhibition

2017 Overtone, Art Night & Whitechapel Gallery, St George in the East, London, UK

2016 0.064g, OXO Tower Gallery, London, UK

2015 Loner, Art Space Bund 22, Shanghai, China

Group Exhibitions

UPCOMING- RCA Degree show 2018

2018 EO VI, Axisweb Streetplayer 2018, England Touring, UK

2018 Totem and Taboo, Chelsea Arts Club, London, UK

2018 Untitled, Artrooms, the Meliã White House, London, UK

2017 Moving Image Finalist, National Open Art, London, UK

2017 Super Young Finalist, Celeste Prize, Bargehouse, London, UK

2017 Anonym, Florence Biennale, Fortezza da Basso – Padiglione Spadolini Florence, IT

2017 VVS1, The Moon in the Mirror, PARTIA at Aintree University Hospital NHS Trust, Liverpool, UK

2017 Core, Animotion, StrangeLove Festival, Folkestone, UK

2017 WIP, Royal College of Art, London, UK

2016 Video work, 20th National Open Art Winners' Exhibition, Pallant House Gallery, Chichester, UK

2016 Mr Lei Rain Rain Rain, National Open Art, Mercer's Hall, London, UK

2016 In/Out, Camberwell Summer Show, Camberwell College of Art, London, UK

2016 Landscape, Young Arts Academy Curates, Barbican Center, London, UK

2015 Kynam, UNIT, Dilston Grove&cafe Gallery, London, UK

2015 Emptiness, Elysium, MMX Gallery, London, UK

2014 13 Pieces, Zheyao Wood-fire Ceramics Exhibition, Hangzhou, China

2013 A Person's Kingdom, Camberwell College of Arts, London, UK

Selected Screenings

2017 Palena Film Festival, Via Trento e Trieste, 1 Palena, CH, IT

2017 SIFF - Switzerland International Film Festival Aubonne 1170, SZ

2017 Los Angeles Independent Film Festival Award,Los Angeles, CA, US

2017 Benicia Film Festival, Benicia, CA, US

2017 Animation Day in Cannes, Cannes, FR

2017 Los Angeles CineFest, Lost Angeles, CA, US

2017 Berlin Flash Film Festival, Berlin, DE

2017 Frostbite International Film Festival, Colorado Springs, CO, US

2017 Hollywood International Moving Pictures Film Festival, Los Angeles, CA, US

Artist Residencies

2016 Cill Rialaig Residency Award


2017 Celeste Art Prize: Super Young Prize

Artist Project


Speed Curating In Association With Chelsea Arts Club