Hu Xiangcheng (1950) was born in Shanghai and now lives and works there. He graduated from the Shanghai Theatre Academy in 1977 and in 1978 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 1990s, Hu Xiangcheng was one of the founders of the now world-renowned Shanghai Biennial. In the early 1990s, he also began his artistic exploration and created many works inspired by Africa. When Hu Xiangcheng’s returned to China in 2002, he began working to improve the lives of rural residents through renovation of ancient Chinese villages and cultural restoration. Hu Xiangcheng continue his work 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, France, Australia and the United States.