Hu Xiangcheng (1950) was born and lives and works in Shanghai. He graduated from the Shanghai Theatre Academy in 1977 and became the youngest professor in the art department. In 1978, he moved to Tibet where he taught in the Fine Arts Department of Tibet University.
In 1986, Hu Xiangcheng moved to Japan where he continued his artistic development and exploration as he researched contemporary, folk and visual arts. In 1996, Hu Xiangcheng was one of the founders of the now world-renowned Shanghai Biennale. In the early 1990s, he lived in Africa and began his artistic discovery there where he created many works inspired by Africa.
When Hu Xiangcheng returned to China in 2002, he began working to improve the lives of rural residents through his hands-on renovation of ancient Chinese villages and his simultaneous Chinese cultural revival in those villages. This led to his participation in the the Megacities exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston in 2016 and lectures at Harvard University. Now, Hu Xiangcheng pursues his passion renovating old structures and villages while also continuing to paint, envision and execute large installations and direct performance arts.
Hu Xiangcheng’s artworks have been featured in dozens of solo and group exhibitions in China, Japan, France and the US. His works have been collected by many museums and institutions in China, Japan, France, Australia and the United States.