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Zhonghao Chen

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Zhonghao Chen is an artist, curator and educational personnel based in China and New Zealand. His practice focuses on the study and research of image materiality through the realm of painting, meta-drawing, object-related art, and cross-disciplinary methodologies. Zhonghao has been exhibiting in NZ, Australia, China and Europe. His works are in collections of major NZ art museums and institutions such as the University of Canterbury and James Wallace Trust, etc. Additionally, his works are present among collections of global collectors. Besides his artistic practice, Zhonghao extends his research into the fields of artistic and post-art curation. Zhonghao also participated in various Animation, film and experimental theatre projects. He was among the first group of artists to work with HitLab NZ on VR art projects. Moreover, Zhonghao maintains a practice of sound art and experimental music.Web:

Research interests

Enviromental Aesthetic

VR Art



Image Materiality


Moving Image

Sci-fi Literature

Expanded Curation


Lecturer, Xian Jiaotong-Liverpool University, 2020-present

Practicing Artist, 2010-present

Curator, ABC Art Initiative, 2010-present











Awards and honours

Sawtell Turner Prize

Harry van der Lecq Scholarship

The Ethel Rose Overton Scholarship

College of Arts Honours Scholarship, University of Canterbury

The Master’s Scholarship, University of Canterbury

Selected Finalist. James Wallace Award

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Education/Academic qualification

Master’s of Fine Art with Distinction, Painting Major University of Canterbury 2009-2010

Bachelor of Fine Art with First Class Honours, Painting Major University of Canterbury 2008

Bachelor of Fine Art, Painting Major University of Canterbury 2004-2007

Person Types

  • Staff


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