Xiao Lu ( born 1962 in Hangzhou, China) . In 1984 she graduated from Central Academy of Fine Arts High School, Beijing. In 1988 she graduated from the Oil Painting Department of the Zhejiang Academy of Fine Arts (now China Academy of Fine Arts) in Hangzhou, China. From 1989 to 1997, Xiao Lu lived in Sydney, Australia,  became Australian citizen in 1997, and returned to China in 1997. From 1997 to 2020, she lives and works in Beijing and Hangzhou, China. From 2021 to now, Xiao Lu lives and works in Sydney, Australia.

Xiao Lu works with performance, installation and other art forms, but she is most known for her performance. Recent exhibitions and some major past exhibitions:  "Sensitive Content" Unit London, UK (2022); "Empowerment" Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Germany (2022); "20th-Century Galleries Collection 1960s-2000" Art Gallery of NSW, Australia (2022); "Bald Girls- Chain Reaction" KUH Art Space, Dusseldorf, Germany (2022); "Stepping Out! Female Identities in Chinese Contemporary Art" Lillehammer Kunstmuseum, Norway (2022); "The Realm of Existence: An exhibition of Chinese Contemporary Art" Tsinghua University Art Museum, Beijing, China (2021); “Democracies” TATE Liverpool, UK (2020); Solo show "Skew" 10 Chancery Lane Gallery, Hong Kong (2019); Solo show "Xiao Lu: Impossible Dialogue” 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, Sydney, Australia (2019); “1970s - Present” MoMA, New York, USA (2019); “Collection Displays: Performer and Participant” TATE Modern, London, UK (2018); “Her Kind” Zhuzhong Art Museum, Beijing, China (2018); “Art and China After 1989: Theater of the World” Guggenheim Museum, New York, USA (2017); “Wen Pulin Archive of Chinese Avant-Garde Art" Red Brick Art Museum, Beijing, China (2016); "Bald Girls" Iberia Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing, China (2012); "Image History Existence" National Art Museum, Beijing, China (2011); “New Wave: The Birth of Chinese Contemporary Art” UCCA, Beijing, China (2007); “China/Avant-Garde” National Art Museum, Beijing, China (1989)

Selected collections: Taiking Life, Beijing, China; Tsinghua University Art Museum, Beijing, China; MoMA, NY, USA; TATE Modern, London, UK; Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney, Australia; National Gallery of VIC, Australia; White Rabbit Gallery, Sydney, Australia.

Publication: The novel "Dialogue" (Edition in Chinese and English), and translated from Chinese by Archibald McKenzie. Hong Kong University Press 2010.



  • Recent Exhibitions 

    “Sensitive Content” Unit London, UK / 13 September - 16 October 2022

    ”20th-Century Galleries Collection 1960s-2000” Art Gallery of NSW, Australia/ September 2022-

    “Empowerment” Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Germany / 9 September 2022- 8 January 2023

    ”Bald Girls-Chain Reaction” KUH Art Space, Düsseldorf, Germany / 14 July - 6 August 2022

    ”Stepping Out! Female Identities in Chinese Contemporary Art” Lillehammer Art Museum, Norway / 13 May - 16 October 2022


  • Publications

    Author: Xiao Lu

    Translated: Archibald McKenzie

    Publication: Hong Kong University Press 2010

  • Interviews

    OCULA / Conversation

    Xiao Lu In Conversation with Mikala Tai

    Sydney, 21 January 2019

  • Other articles

    Human / 人 by Alia Lin



  • Xiao Lu's writings

    Berenice Angremy Dialogue with Xiao Lu

  • "Dialogue" Documents

    Letter from Xiao Lu to Gao Minglu about the shooting of her work Dialogue at the National Art Museum of China, Beijing, in 1989.