1969 Born in China

Lives and works in New York City




2013 The Sixth Floor Museum, Dallas, Texas, USA


2012 Boca Raton Museum of Art, Boca Raton, FL, USA

Museum of the Banco de la Republica, Bogota, Columbia

Group show, Emblem and Image, Birnam Wood Galleries, New York, NY, US

Mironova Gallery, Kiev, Ukraine

Houston Art Fair, Houston, Texas, USA

Aspen Art Fair, Aspen, Co, USA

Art Hampton, NY, USA

VILLA DEL ARTE GALLERIES Beirut Art Fair, Beirut, Lebanon

Art Basel 43, Switzerland

Scope Basel, Switzerland

Art Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Dallas Art Fair, Dallas, Texas USA


2011 Edwynn Houk Galley, New York, USA

Identity Crisis, The Heckscher Museum of Art, New York, USA

Lookforart, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Alp Galleries, Frankfurt, Germany

Art Basel Miami Beach, Florida, USA

Paris Photo, Paris, France


Marrakech Art Fair, Marrakech, Morocco

Art 42 Basel, Switzerland

Scope Basel, Switzerland


2010 Galerie Albert Benamou, MY ALL-STARS, Paris, France

Gallery M, Pixel - The Evolution of The Photograph, Denver, Colorado, USA

Cavalier Gallery, Solo Exhibition, Nantucket, MA, USA

Decompose/Recompose: Resurrect, Guy Hepner Gallery, Los Angeles, USA

Decompose/Recompose: Resurrect, Stux Gallery, New York

Unix Fine Arts, Olympia Art Fair, London, ENGLAND

VeniceProject, San Francisco Art Fair, CA, USA

Contrasts and Collusions, Solo Exhibition, Evan Lurie Gallery, Carmel, IN, USA

Decompose/Recompose: Resurrect, Solo Exhibition, Art Chicago Art Fair, Chicago, USA

Villa del Arte Galleries , Barcelona, Spain

ScopeNY, Solo Exhibition, New York, USA

Legend, LA Art Show, Los Angeles, USA

Legend, PanAmericanArtProjects, Photo LA, Los Angeles, USA

Legend, Art Palm Beach, Palm Beach, USA

Legend, Woolff Gallery, London Art Fair, London, UK


2009 10 x 10, WhiteBox Gallery, New York, USA

Legend, Photo Miami , Miami, USA

Legend, Art Miami, Miami, USA

Legend, CSquare Gallery, New York, USA

Elements, CSquare Gallery, New York, USA


2006 Mysticism, Grant Gallery, New York, USA

2005 Fusionism, Pegasus Gallery, New York, USA

2004 Fashion Photography, Kobe Fashion Museum, Kobe, Japan



Karin. Photographs by Alex Guofeng Cao. December 25, 2009.

Lima, Jennider. Phot LA Day Three – This is so Hollywood. Examiner.com, January 17, 2010

Lobato, Jillian. Hautest Art Basel Events Not To Be Missed. Haute Living, December 4, 2009.

Santiago, Fabiola. Art Review, Art Basel: Must-Sees. The Miami Herald, December 4, 2009

Santiago, Fabiola. Art Basel is over, may I please have my life back?. Art. Music. Film.

Whatever., December 4,

Alex Guofeng Cao came to New York searching for his pursuit,  came upon photography, which easily became his passion.  Inspired by such masters as Irving Penn, Richard Avedon, Edward Weston, and Robert Mapplethorpe, Cao ceaselessly studied and experimented with all methods and techniques in photography.  While adept with color, Cao’s preferred medium is the black and white image. Cao’s deep fascination with the subtle gradations of tone between the deep black and the stark white are the generators for all the colors he needs to create his world.

The most recent body of work by Cao is a series of images of popular culture icons.  At a glance almost anyone can identify some if not all of the characters in the menagerie of stars.  But, upon closer inspection, one can see that these stars are composed of a constellation of tiny repetitive images each slightly differing from its neighbors.  The arrays of miniscule visages that compose and conspire to form the larger portraits are iconic images themselves.  The plot thickens as one realizes that there is a play, a dialogue between the chosen characters that inhabit each other.

The method of creation for Cao is really that of composing a mosaic of memories into an impression of the present.  Impressed and greatly influenced by the ideal forms and proportions of the iconic and statuesque sculptures of the ancient Egypt, Greek and Roman eras, Cao’s works can be said to have their roots in western antiquity.  Another great source of inspiration are impressions from his trip a decade ago of the mosaic floors and walls of Naples and Pompeii.  It’s the combination of these two base strategies that allows Caos’ works to take shape.

The images are imposing and arresting to say the least.  With their immense dimensions, their presence can be felt from quite a distance away.  The powerful oversized main images and the armies of tiny images that compose them are specifically paired to create a dialogue.  The histories and backgrounds of each of the characters are pitted against each other.  The image of Marilyn Monroe is populated by countless diminutive images of the Mona Lisa.  These two women are, arguably, the most famous women in the world.  They share an unusual bond in that they are both, in some ways, fictional characters.  The pairing also suggests another connection in that they are both fantasies.  One is the fantasy of the 20th century and the other is the singular fantasy and imagination of DaVinci.

As one looks closer and closer at the images and scrutinize all the intricate details, one may begin to realize that hidden within the sea of tiny repetitive images are carefully chosen codes and clues that the author inserted in strategic locations, as a reminder of the events and situations in which these characters were involved in history.

In the end, the process of encoding and layering of information of the times is ultimately the goal.  As time passes, so does information get deposited into the works.  These images undergo evolution and change as time passes, and they bear the marks of a collection of history, as well as the author’s intent.