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Tian Taiquan


Born in Chongqing in 1960, Tian Taiquan graduated from the Sichuan Fine Arts Institution in 1984 as one of the early adopters in conceptual photography in China. Tian’s most renowned series’, namely “Lost”, “Totem Recollection”, etc. pick on the Chinese Red Guards in the Cultural Revolution, which as a child, he had to witness.

Works of Tian Taiquan have developed in aspect of the past, present & future. His “Cultural Revolution” series is concerned about the history of China; the “Internet Focus” series is the artistic expression of current social phenomena all over the world; and the “7010 – Life After People” series focuses on the ultimate destiny of human beings. Tian Taiquan’s works have been exhibited in several solo-, and group exhibitions, such as in China, the United States, United Kingdom, France, Russia, Canada, Singapore, Spain, Australia, and Korea. They enrich the collections of numerous international institutions, like the University of Wisconsin, the University of Salford in the United Kingdom, the Guanfu Museum, the Shijiazhuang Contemporary Art Museum, and the Macao Museum of Art.

1984 Graduated from the Sichuan Fine Arts Institution

Solo Exhibitions (Selection)


  • "Totem Recollection", Singapore
  • "Memory of Time", Hayward Fine Art, Brisbane, Australia


  • "Totem Recollection Tian Taiquan Photographic Exhibition", Hong Kong


  • “7010 – Life After People”, Exhibition of Tian Taiquan Photographic Work, Chongqing, China
  • “7010 – Life After People”, Exhibition of Tian Taiquan Photographic Work, Yuannan, China
  • “7010 – Life After People”, Exhibition of Tian Taiquan Photographic Work, Shanghai, China
  • “7010 – Life After People”, Exhibition of Tian Taiquan Photographic Work, Pingyao, China


  • “Hide And Seek”, Tian Taiquan Solo Exhibition , Beijing, China
  • “Internet Focus”, Pingyao International Photography Festival, Shanxi, China
  • “Tears of Eros”, London, United Kingdom


  • “Not a Dinner Party”, Toronto, Canada
  • “Tears of Eros”, Manchester, United Kingdom
  • “Nature”, Shanghai, China


  • “Truth & Memory”, Contemporary Photography Exhibition, Shanghai, China
  • “Marks”, Contemporary Photography Exhibition, Shijiazhuang Contemporary Art Museum, Hebei, China
  • “A Lonely Studio Story”, Contemporary Photography Exhibition, Singapore
  • “Totem recollection”, Pingyao International Photography Exhibition, Shanxi, China
  • “Lethe”, Chongqing, China
  • “Lethe”, Pingyao International Photography Exhibition, Shanxi, China


  • “Lethe”, Contemporary Photography Exhibition, Shenzhen, China
  • “Abnormal Feeling”, Tian Taiquan Contemporary Photography Exhibition, Sichuan Fine Arts Institute,

Group Exhibitions (Selection)


  • Second Internaional Art Biennial China - Europe", Vienna, Austria


  • China - Italy Biennial
  • International Photography & Video Biennial, First Edition, Changjiang, China


  • "He attributes," like new "hundred -- Contemporary Art Invitation Exhibition China


  • Chinese Contemporary Art Exhibition, parallel to Fifty-fifth Venice Biennial, Venice, Italy


  • "Rising Dragon", Contemporary Chinese Photography, USA
  • "Stepping In Nature" MAM Collection of Chinese Conceptual Photography


  • “16th Annual Los Angeles Art Show”, Los Angeles, United States
  • “Eccentric Expressions China”, Exhibition opens at the Federal Foreign Office, Berlin, Germany
  • "Life Abnormalized" ,Switzerland, Zurich University
  • New Media Art Dialogue China - Australia, Shandong, China
  • "Visual Literacy", Words in Art, Shanghai, China
  • International Photography Festival, Chongqing, China
  • "Vous avez dit Révolution?", France
  • Anthropocène art by geneve, Geneva, Switzerland


  • “Platforms and Cultures of the World”, ARTPARIS+GUESTS 2010, Grand Palais, Paris, France
  • “National Photographic Art Exhibition”, China


  • “Chinese Scene ‧ Chongqing Chapter”, Contemporary Art Exhibition, Chongqing, China
  • “Original Sin”, Shanghai, China
  • “Vivid - When Art Meets the Digital”, Spectacle - New Media Art Biennale, Kunming, China
  • “Shanghai Memory - Photography & DV Exhibition of 60 Artists”, Nanjin, China
  • “The first in western China Contemporary Photography Art Invitational Exhibition”, Nanping
  • International Convention and Exhibition Centre, Chongqing, China
  • Essence of China, Shanghai, China


  • “Art Basel Miami Beach”, Miami, United States
  • “China's Unwanted Girls”, New York, United States
  • “Crack of the City”, Beijing, China
  • “Shanghai Art Fair”, Shanghai
  • “Mediascape”, Beijing, China
  • “Golden Eyes Art Fair 2008”, Seoul, South Korea
  • “Conversation‧2008‧China image”, Beijing, China
  • “Assemblage under the Five Rings”, China Contemporary Art Exhibition, Beijing, China
  • “Emersion of The Dream”, Contemporary Art Exhibition, Beijing, China
  • “KITAI PVERIOD - CHINA FORWARD!!!!”, Moscow, Russia

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