Frankie Gao


Born in Beijing, China 1983

Studied in China and later in the Netherlands 

Lives and works in Hamburg, Germany, since 2015


Represented by JB Finearts





2008 - 2010      MFA Painting, Frank Mohr Institute, Groningen, the Netherlands

2009                 Exchange Semester Program at Fine Art Department at Hunter College, New York, United States

2005 - 2008      MA Chinese Ink Painting, College of Fine Arts, Capital Normal University, Beijing, China




2020                 Clouds, Gallery JB Finearts, Hamburg, Germany (November)

2018                 Planetes, Frappant Galerie, Hamburg, Germany (27th July - August)

2018                 Constellations, JB Finearts, Hamburg, Germany (March - April)

2017                 At the Edge of Universe, Galerie Tornberg, Hamburg, Germany




2020                 Meditations on Paper, Gallery JB Finearts, Hamburg, Germany

2020                 Pickup-Popup, Lübeck, Germany

2019                 Cologne Fine Art & Design, Gallery JB Finearts, Cologne, Germany

2019                 Open studio, Baer Art Center, Hofsós, Iceland

2018                 Nomads, nachspeicher23, Hamburg, Germany

2018                 Derwent Art Prize Exhibition, Mall Galleries, London, UK

                         (exhibition tour to Town Hall Arts, Trowbridge and The Pencil Museum, Cumbria)

2018                 Antarctica, Frappant e.V., Hamburg, Germany

2018                 Group Exhibition Lumen Residency, The Crypt Gallery, Euston, London, UK 

2017                 The Drawing Hub Fundraiser Silent Art Auction, The Drawing Hub, Berlin, Germany

2017                 Kahnweilerprize Exhibition, Museum Pachen, Rockenhausen, Germany

2017                 Group Show Lumen Residency Atina, San Nicola Church, Atina, Italy

2017                 Constellations: Cassiopeia, Art Night, Lumen Studios, the Crypt, London, UK

2017                 Is this real lyf?, i o u a e, Commercial Union House, Newcastle upon Tyre, UK
2017                 Concrete Dance, Kunstvoll Gallery + BNKR Gallery, Hamburg, Germany

2016                 Life is elsewhere, too, Kunstzimmer Eppendorf, Hamburg, Germany (duo)

2016                 Dominic Brown & Frankie Gao, Mimesia Gallery, den Haag, the Netherlands (duo)

2016                 Lean Artist Cohort 1, Fab Lab St. Pauli + Künstlerhaus FAKTOR, Hamburg, Germany 

2016                 Art-Map -- Moving Curatorial Project, Museu Dos Terceiros, Ponte de Lima, Portugal 

2014                 To Mars, Songzhuang Art Center, Beijing, China

2014                 Route du Norde, Rotterdam, the Netherlands

2012                 1st Contemporary Art WEIBO, Songzhuang Art Center, Beijing, China

2012                 KunstRAI, Gallery Wilma, Amsterdam Rai, the Netherlands

2012                 Just enough space to turn around, het Glazen Huis, Amsterdam Rai, the Netherlands

2012                 Raw Art Fair, Gallery Wilma, Rotterdam, the Netherlands

2011                 Arti Den Haag, The Hague, the Netherlands

2010                 OpenDay Presentation, Wall House No.2, Groningen, the Netherlands

2010                 Kunstvlaai/Artpie, Amsterdam, the Netherlands

2009                 Xchange, Time Square Gallery, New York, United States

2009                 Showmaster, Groningen, the Netherlands 




2012                 Project Initiator & Co-curator, Living.Being - Sino-Dutch Contemporary Art, Songzhuang Art Center, Beijing, China




2018                 Short list, Derwent Art Prize, London, UK

2018                 Final list, STRABAG Artaward, Vienna, Austria

2017                 Final list, Kahnweiler Preis, Rockenhausen, Germany

2011                 Global Factory Arti-Challenge winner, Arti Den Haag, the Netherlands

2005 - 2008      Graduate Student Stipend, College of Fine Arts, Capital Normal University, Beijing, China

2005                 Graduate Award for Outstanding Performance, College of Fine Arts, Capital Normal University, Beijing, China

2001 - 2005      Student Stipend, College of Fine Arts, Capital Normal University, Beijing, China

2002                 Second Prize, College of Fine Arts, Capital Normal University, Beijing, China

2001                 First Prize, College of Fine Arts, Capital Normal University, Beijing, China




2019                 Baer Art Center, Iceland (July)

2017                 LUMEN Residency Atina, Atina, Italy (August)

2014                 Mancheng International Art Village, Nanjing, China




Hamburg Kunsthalle, Germany

Songzhuang Art Center, China

Mancheng International Art Village, China

Global Factory, the Netherlands

College of Fine Arts, Capital Normal University, China

Private collections in Germany, the Netherlands, Austria, USA and China




2016                 'Indigo Blossom', acylic painting on chipboard for UNESCO, Klaner Tischlerei, Austria

2015                 'Monoblossom', mural, Malsaal Hamburg, Germany




2018                 Planētēs, catalogue

2018                 Derwent Art Prize catalogue, UK

2018                 STRABAG Artaward catalogue, Austria

2017                 Kahnweilerprize Final Exhibition brochure, Germany

2017                 Science & Fantasy, HANSEstyle October Issue, Hamburg, Germany

2017                 Featured Artist on Average Art Magazine (April 2017), UK

2016                 Catalogue 'Art Map -- Moving Curatorial Project', Portugal

2012                 KunstRAI broschure, the Netherlands

2010                 Graduation exhibition catalogue, the Netherlands 

2005                 The Collection of the College of Fine Art Museum, Capital Normal University, China




2020                SHOWTIME FOR NETWORK, Hamburg, Germany

2017                Science and Fantasy, Hansastyle October Issue, Hamburg, Germany

2016                Interview  for the exhibition at Mimesia Gallery, The Hague, the Netherlands





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