Chu Chu 儲楚 (b.1975)

Chu Chu is a multidisciplinary artist who is accomplished in ink painting, calligraphy, photography and oil painting. She majored in oil painting at the China Academy of Art in Hangzhou, China, where she graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in 2000. Subsequently, she attained a Master’s Degree in New Media at the academy in 2007 and a PhD in calligraphy (under the tutelage of acclaimed calligraphic master, Wang Dongling) in 2015.

Chu Chu seeks to incorporate the art form of Chinese ink painting into her photographic and calligraphic work. Her oeuvre is closely connected with nature and matter; both key elements that consistently underlies her choice of subject matters in most of her works. She is also deeply influenced by Chinese philosophies and classical texts. In both of her series titled Whisper of Trees and Magnolia Flower, she extracts certain portions from Chinese poems and books that describes the relationship between man and nature, subtly incorporating them into the background of her ethereal photographs of tree branches and flowers, evoking a sense of quietude and transience. This juxtaposition of images constructed instantly from a camera, together with the carefully and slowly constructed calligraphic characters presents interesting layers of meaning, as they successfully combine two very different visual languages – contemporary photography and traditional calligraphy.

Chu Chu was the recipient of the Shiseido Prize for Best Female Photographer (2011) under the Three Shadows Photography Award in Beijing, China. Her works have been showcased in selected solo exhibitions including Material Immaterial (3 Gallery, Beijing, Kunst Licht, Shanghai, China, 2014), About Material - Solo Exhibition of New Media, Photography, Calligraphy (Hanhouse Art Museum, Hangzhou, China, 2013) and It’s Not It (OFOTO Gallery, Shanghai, China, 2008). She has also been actively participating in group exhibitions and photography festivals in Hong Kong, China, Japan, Europe, U.K and the USA.


  • 2012 | The China Academy of Art calligraphy doctorate
  • 2007 | MA, New Media Department, China Acedemy of Art
  • 2007 | Lecturer at the Zhejiang University Department of Art
  • 2000 | BA, Major in Oil Painting, China Acedemy of Art

Selected Solo Exhibitions

  • 2018 | Calligraphy · Universe, iPreciation, Singapore
  • 2017 | Images of Objects: Photographic Calligraphy by Chu Chu, Alisan Fine Arts, Hong Kong
  • 2014 | Material Immaterial, 3 Gallery, Beijing, Kunst Licht,Shanghai, China
  • 2013 | About Material - Solo Exhibition of New Media, Photography, Calligraphy, Hanhouse Art Museum, Hangzhou, China
  • 2012 | Material-Immaterial,, Beijing, China
  • 2008 | It’s Not It, OFOTO Gallery, Shanghai, China

Selected Group Exhibitions

  • 2019 | Writing Non-writing: Hangzhou International Modern Calligraphy Exhibtion, Art Museum of China Academy of Art, Hangzhou, China
  • 2018 | Photo Fairs Shanghai, Shanghai Exhibition Centre, Shanghai, China
  • 2017 | In Flux: Chinese Contemporary Art, Art Basel Hong Kong, Alisan Fine Arts, Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre, Hong Kong
  • 2016 | Contemporary Landscapes: From Modern Classics to the New Vanguard, Art Basel Hong Kong, Alisan Fine Arts, Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre, Hong Kong
  • 2015 | Writing Non-writing, China Academy of Art, Hangzhou, China
  • 2015 | Tracing the Brush, Transformed Text, Ink Asia, Alisan Fine Arts, Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre, Hong Kong
  • 2014 | Beyond the Jade Terrace, Alisan Fine Arts, Hong Kong
  • 2012 | International Biennial of Lanting Calligraphy Commune, Zhejiang, Art Museum, Hangzhou, China
  • 2012 | Zhejiang Contemporary Photography Exhibition by New Artists, Hangzhou, China
  • 2012 | Material-Word, Bottega Veneta Art Space, Shanghai, China
  • 2012 | In situ-Exposition Photo Revelation, Paris, France
  • 2012 | Impression of Pudong-Exhibition by New Artists, Pudong Library, Shanghai, China
  • 2012 | Jetlag-New Media Exhibition, Hannover Exhibition Centre, Hanover, Germany
  • 2012 | Tokyo Photo 2012-International Photography Fair, Tokyo Midtown Hall, Tokyo, Japan
  • 2012 | Calligraphy Exhibition by Chinese Young Artists, Jinhua, China
  • 2011 | Midsummer, OFOTO Gallery, Shanghai, China
  • 2011 | 3rd Dali International Photography Exhibition, Dali, China
  • 2011 | Contemporary Photography in China, Tasveer Studio, India
  • 2011 | Photo LA+Art LA Projects – Art Fair, Los Angeles, USA


  • 2011 | Shiseido Prize of Best Female Photographer Three Shadows Photography Award, Beijing, China
  • 2010 | Yearly Cutting-edge Photographer Selected by, Beijing, China
  • 2006 | Creative Award of New Media China Academy of Art, Hangzhou, China
  • 2001 | Excellent Works Award New Century Oil Painting Exhibition, Hangzhou, China
  • 2000 | Excellent Works Award, Zhao Mengfu Prize National Painting Competition, China

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