Yixiao Cao is a Chinese multimedia artist, born 1987 in Sichuan, China. Now lives and works in Germany and China.

She received a BFA from China Academy of Fine Arts in 2010, from 2011 still now she studying in Kunstakademie Duesseldorf. Successive four years she received the annual scholarship from the China Academy of Art. She is known for her multimedia installations, videos and performances, and is as one of the artists of a new generation emerging from Mainland China. She mixes social commentary, references to Surrealism, and documentary conventions in her videos and performances, and combined effects of multmedia with modern dance, theater and opera elements. Her works reflect on the rapid and chaotic changes that are occurring in society today.


10.2011 – 02.2017  Studied in the fields of Fine art – Film and Video in Prof. Marcel Odenbach Class and Grandmaster-Student’s degree in the of Düsseldorf Academy of Fine Arts

04.2012 – 10.2013 Studied in the fields of Media art in Prof. Heide Hagebölling Clas- s of Academy of Media Arts Cologne

10.2010 – 07.2011  Exchange student of University Partnership Programme (UPP) of Folkwang University of Arts and Tsinghua University

09.2006 – 07.2010  Studied in China Academy of Art in pursuit of Bachelor’s degree in the subjects Multimmedia design, Hangzhou, China


11.2017  Post Post,  Art Düsseldorf Project, Düsseldorf, Germany

09.2017 Adriana, Offraum Acht, Düsseldorf, Germany

05.2017  Follow Up 2017/ PwC Preis Exhibition, PwC Düsseldorf (PricewaterhouseCoopers ), Düsseldorf, Germany

04.2017 New Collection, Konrad Fischer Galerie / Weltkunstzimmer, Mckinsey & Company, Düsseldorf, Germany

03.2017 The Artist going to work / Solo Exhibition, Kunstraum Museum Neuss / Culture Department Neuss, Neuss, Germany

02.2017 Rundgang 2016 and Graduation Exhibition, Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, Germany

02.2016 Rundgang 2015, Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, Germany

10.2015 Choreographic Centre Corporation Heidelberg, Heidelberg, Germany

08.2015 Wartezeit- Solo Ausstellung, Shifang Fine Art, Düsseldorf, Germany

06.2015 Klasse Odenbach Aussstellung, Galerie W57, Düsseldorf, Germany

02.2015 Rundgang 2014, Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, Germany

05.2014 Spring Selection 2014, Shifang Fine Art, Düsseldorf, Germany

04.2014 2014 Festival Sound 24-Hour, Oslo National Academy of the Arts, Oslo, Norway

02.2014 Rundgang 2013, Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, Germany

11.2013 VARIANTE FANTASTICO-endloser Heimweg, Herz Jesu Kirche, Wuppertal Elberfeld, Germany

12.2013 Regenwahrscheinlichkeit, Philara Collection for contemporary art, Düsseldorf, Germany

02.2013 Rundgang 2012, Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, Germany

02.2012 Rundgang 2011, Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, Germany

07.2010 Ausstellung über hervorragenden Abschluss Design Werk, China Academy of Art, Hangzhou, China