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

Solo Exhibitions:

2018 Bafeng, Liangshe China, Shanghai, CN

2018 Defibrillation, United Art Museum, Wuhan, CN

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

2016 0.064g, OXO Tower Gallery, London, UK

2015 Loner, Art Space Bund 22, Shanghai, CN

Group Exhibitions:


Art West Lake, International Ink Wash Fair, Hangzhou, CN

Art Laguna Prize, Arsenale of Venice, Venice, IT

Neko No Koi, Royal College of Music, London, UK

Here, The Oculus, World Trade Center, New York City, US

West China Center of Medical Sciences & Red Art Museum, Chengdu, CN

Personal Structures, GAA Foundation, Venice, IT

OGA, Ospizio Giovani Artisti, Roma, IT


Lotus Eaters, Triton st Regent’s Place, London, UK

Ink Painting as a Cultural Gesture, Dingyuan International Art Center, Beijing, CN

Mei Exhibition, Shanghai Himalaya Museum, Shanghai, CN

United Art Museum Collection Exhibition, Wuhan, CN

Visions in the Nunnery, The Nunnery Gallery, London, UK

Travers Smith Art Program, London, UK

RCA Degree show, London, UK

Soapbox, Close-up Cinema, London, UK

EO VI, Axisweb Streetplayer, England Touring, UK

Totem and Taboo, Chelsea Arts Club, London, UK

Artrooms, the Meliã White House, London, UK


Moving Image Finalist, National Open Art, London, UK

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

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

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

Core, Animotion, StrangeLove Festival, Folkestone, UK

WIP, Royal College of Art, London, UK


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

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

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

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


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

Emptiness, Elysium, MMX Gallery, London, UK


13 Pieces, Zheyao Wood-fire Ceramics Exhibition, Hangzhou, CN


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

Selected Screenings


Global Film Festival Awards, Los Angeles, CA, US

Calcutta International Cult Film Festival, Jadavpur Kolkata, West Bengal, IN


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

SIFF - Switzerland International Film Festival Aubonne 1170, SZ

Benicia Film Festival, Benicia, CA, US

Animation Day in Cannes, Cannes, FR

Berlin Flash Film Festival, Berlin, DE

Frostbite International Film Festival, Colorado Springs, CO, US

Artist Residencies

2019/5 Chateau d'Orquevaux

2019/3 Colab: Body and Place, Historic Collection

2018/9 Cill Rialaig Residency


2019 Arte Laguna Prize: Finalist

2018 Arte Laguna Prize: Longlist

2017 Super Young Celeste Art Prize: Winner

2016 Cill Rialaig Residency Award: Winner

Artist Projects

Paprika Collective: www.paprika.org.uk

Speed Curating In Association With Chelsea Arts Club

RCA Degree Show for Tate Patron Collaboration