Chinese, b.1976, Chongqing, lives and works in Chengdu, Mianyang.


Kang Haitao is an oil painter who is fascinated by the ordinary and the everyday – a copse of trees, closed doors, a small house – but each of his paintings is intensified through close attention to detail and his desire to paint these scenes by night. Kang’s work builds on the Jimo (accumulating ink) technique of traditional Chinese landscape painting, creating an atmosphere of tranquility, unfamiliarity and mystery.


Alongside his ‘night scenes’ series, Kang continues to explore more formal abstraction. His abstract works start from a blank space – the void. His process is almost meditative, a sort of antithetical response to the intensity of his ‘night scenes’ work, yet he does not consider these works to come from any psychological (conscious or unconscious) experience. Kang’s abstract works are created through a continuous affirmative and negative process, intuition and spirituality, absence and presence.


Kang has participated in several international exhibitions – Hong Kong, the USA, Korea, the Czech Republic and Italy, and his works are held by the Long Museum, the Shanghai 21st Century Minsheng Museum and Wuhan Art Museum as well as private collectors.


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Solo Exhibitions


Kang Haitao, PIFO Gallery, Beijing


Ge-Stell: Kang Haitao Solo Show, Lelege Art, Beijing


Forward: Contemporary Art & Contemporary City 1, Mingsheng Art Museum, Shanghai


A Burning Within: Kang Haitao Solo Exhibition, PIFO Gallery, Beijing

Kang Haitao Solo Exhibition, VA Gallery, Hong Kong


Introversion and Meditation: Solo Exhibition of Kang Haitao, PIFO Gallery, Beijing


Inward: Solo Exhibition, Mianyang


Group Exhibitions


Decade: Abstract Art 10, PIFO Gallery, Beijing


Beijing 798 Impression, National Geographic Museum, Rome

Poetic Community, Xiamen Port Authority, Xiamen

Drawing the Beginning, La Galerie Épisodique, Paris

Poétique: Abstract Art 9, PIFO Gallery, Beijing

Return: Poetic Dwelling in Contemporary Art, PIFO Gallery, Beijing


Inward: Abstract Art 8, PIFO Gallery, Beijing

In Between Sceneries: Intuition and Experience, TOKYO GALLERY+BTAP, Beijing


COSMOS: Opening Exhibition of Shanghai 21st Century Minsheng Art Museum, Shanghai 21st Century Minsheng Art Museum, Shanghai

Social Landscape-The Landscape Narration in Chinese Contemporary painting As Well As Its Cultural Concept Changes, Chengdu International Communication Center For Cultural and Art Pieces, Chengdu

Awakening Intuition of China – The First Exhibition, Enjoy Art Museum, Beijing

Normal & Abnormal Scenery, Lelege Art Space, Beijing

The Moment, The Place: Abstract Art 7, PIFO Gallery, Beijing

Re-View-Opening Exhibition of Long Museum West Bund, Long Museum, Shanghai

New Generation Of Abstract Art, Sishang Art Museum, Beijing

Beijing Young Collectors 1+1 Invitational Exhibition, Linart Café, Beijing


Criss-Cross: Artworks of Young Chinese Contemporary Artists from Long Collection, Long Museum, Shanghai

China – Eastern Europe: New Sights in Chinese Contemporary Art, Xin Dong Cheng Space For Contemporary Art, Beijing

Timezone: Creation and Exploration of Contemporary Young College Teachers, Art Museum of Nanjing University of the Arts, Nanjing

Relation: The Sixth Chengdu Biennale, Chengdu

Mind and Hand in Accord: Abstract Art 6, PIFO Gallery, Beijing

Occasion, re-C Art Space, Chengdu


Daily of Concept:A Practice of Life: The Fifth Shanghai Duolun Youth Art Exhibition, Duolun Museum of Modern Art, Shanghai

SEE Green Future: 2012 the Dialogue, Alashan SEE Charity Auction, Beijing

Phase of Heart: Abstract Art Group Exhibition I, VA Gallery, Hong Kong

Unveiled: New Art from China, Germany Berlin Koppenplatz 5, Berlin


Redefinition: Skepticism of Post-70s’ Art, Today Art Museum, Beijing

Representation of Realistic Art: Exhibition of Painting, Chengdu Biennale 2011, Modern Art Gallery of Chengdu, Chengdu

From Scenery to Scenery of Culture: Post-70s Artists Research – Jianghan Stars Plan, Wuhan Art Museum, Wuhan

Tour Exhibition City Gusto: The 4th Anniversary of Hot Spot, Today Museum of Art, Beijing

Aspects of the Other: Italy in the Eyes of Chinese Artists, Rome/Beijing


New Face 1: Group Exhibition of Chinese Contemporary Art, Chintsao Space, Beijing

Image Experiences: Invitational Exhibition of Contemporary Art 2010, Jiangshan Art Museum, Chongqing

Youth at Upstairs: Nomination Exhibition of Young Critics 2010, Time Art Museum, Beijing

What is Art? Time Art Museum, Beijing

RESHAPING HISTORY: Chinart from 2000 to 2009, China National Convention Center, Beijing

The Fifth A+A, PIFO Gallery, Beijing

Thirty Years of Chinese Contemporary Art: 1979-2009, Minsheng Art Museum, Shanghai


Opening Vision: China Contemporary Art Exhibition, National Gallery in Prague, Prague

Time Power, CHANG ART, Beijing


People • History: Research Exhibition of Chinese Art of the 20th Century, Central Academy of Fine Arts Museum, Beijing

Future Sky: Contemporary Chinese Young Artists Nominated Exhibition, Today Art Museum, Beijing

Invisible Youth: Young Artists Exhibition of China, WATERGATE Gallery, Seoul

The Third A+A, PIFO Gallery, Beijing / Duolun Museum of Modern Art, Shanghai


The Cause: Painting Exhibition of Eight Artists, Mianyang

Substantial Man, Southwest, Texas

Jin: Contemporary Art Exhibition, Capital Normal University of Fine Arts, Beijing

The Second A+A, Art Lab, Gallery of Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing / Sichuan University Art Museum, Chengdu / Chongqing Art Museum, Chongqing


Comfortable Way, PIFO Gallery, Beijing

Greater than Beijing, Today Art Museum, Beijing

Transgression, PIFO Gallery, Beijing


The Cause: Painting Exhibition of Eight Artists, Mianyang


Shanghai Spring Art Salon, Shanghai