I am a Chinese artist and filmmaker. I began as a visiting student at the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing. From there, I went to the Ruskin School of Art at Oxford University, and later pursued a master’s in Film Studies at Goldsmiths.

I make art because it’s the way I’ve come to engage and make sense of the world. I think it helps us illuminate, scrutinise, and imagine alternatives to some of our most hidden assumptions and values, but in a way that respects the ambiguity of meaning and resists fixation. It’s a practice that asks us to examine our patterns of thought as equally as our sensations and feelings, and to find other ways of seeing and being.

I was attracted by the moving image perhaps by the way it reflected on the passage of time. It led me to photography, time-based installations, other forms of mark-making, and eventually back to film. Currently, I’m working on a feature documentary centred on a martial arts boarding school in Dengfeng, China, alongside other ongoing projects.

Email: tian.yiwu@live.co.uk
Phone: +44 7833 86 8888

Tianhao Xu

b. 1995, Yiwu, China.

2019 – 2020 MA Film & Screen Studies (Distinction), Goldsmiths, University of London
2014 – 2017 BFA Fine Art (1st), Ruskin School of Art, Oxford University
2013 – 2014 Experimental Fine Art, Central Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA)


Solo Exhibitions
2017 A two-metre candle submerged in a lake, burning until extinguished by rain, depleted of air, or wax. Worcester Lake, Oxford
Resonance, Dolphin Gallery, Oxford


Group Exhibitions
2017 Ruskin Degree Show 2017, Ruskin School of Art, Oxford
Pending, New College, Oxford
2016 Nightshow, Port Meadow, Oxford
Flux, Dolphin Gallery, Oxford
Ruskin Shorts, Modern Art Oxford
Dolphiennale, Dolphin Gallery, St John’s, Oxford
Piñata, Brasenose College, Oxford
ANIMA: Music with Animation, St Hilda’s College, Oxford
2015 Videovada, Ovada Gallery, Oxford
Ruskin First Year Show, Ruskin School of Art, Oxford
Slice, Brasenose College, Oxford
ANIMA: Music with Animation, St Hilda’s College, Oxford
2014 The Body Electric, Freud’s, Oxford
Adult Ceremony, Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing