Mengyao Guo

Artist Statement

Mengyao Guo is a multidiciplinary and mixed media artist currently based in Shanghai. Guo never confines the media employed in her practices as long as they are conducive towards creative and provocative ideas. This means that her artwork could range from a painting, to an installation, and a pop-up event. During her graduate studies at Chelsea College of Arts of the University of the Arts London, Guo traveled to Iceland, Netherlands, Switzerland, and Japan. Her works became deeply informed by each place she visited, and evolved into a personal archive, as well as her approach to communicating with a different geographic and cultural landscape.

On her craft, she says..

"I am always lost in art, as I am able to express my own feelings and translate them onto the canvas. I believe that all artists can hope to accomplish is to transform the abstract untangible thoughts into the visible reality. After a long time of traditional basic training, I started to consider the question of why I still painted representational images, so I drew inspiration from the conutryside. I noticed some geomatrical shapes in nature from Chikan, Kaiping. Inspired by distinctive local watchtowers and also their small windows. That is why some of my earlier works painted the positive and negative shapes of GAFA’s buildings, windows, doors and bricks." 

Some of Mengyao Guo's Key exhibitions include Art Miami Wearable Art Exhibit, The 2nd “CAFAM·Future” Exhibition in at CAFA Art Museum, ART: GWANGJU, Korea, Art Fair Tokyo, Affordable Art Fair in UK, Art on Paper, ART021 Shanghai Contemporary Art Fair, and so on. Major collections include K11 Hongkong and OCAT Shenzhen.



Sankaku Tokyo November 2014
Make Dream as Horse Guangzhou November 2014
ART021 Shanghai Contemporary Art Fair Shanghai August 2014 to September 2014
COART-Asian Youth Art Festival Lijiang November 2013
Fresh Vision 2013-From University to Universe Shenzhen November 2013
The Graduate Exhibition of GAFA Guangzhou November 2013
Drifting City-Trio Exhibition of Oil Paintings Guangzhou November 2013
The Pulse of The Next Generation-New Serious by Young Artists Dongguan November 2013
Electric Open 2013 Congleton October 2013 to November 2013
Museum of Unknown-Lending Guangzhou July 2013 to November 2013
The Lost Pills Guangzhou November 2012
Triangleholic Guangzhou November 2012
The 1st Academy Exhibition of Oil Paintings in Guangdong Guangzhou April 2012 to May 2012
Student Recommended-Academic Festival of GAFA Guangzhou November 2011 to December 2011
Video City Guangzhou November 2011
• The 3rd Prize, Fenghuang Merit Scholarship, GAFA 2013 • The 2nd Prize, Yaping Merit Scholarship, GAFA 2013 • Graduation Outstanding Creative Prize, GAFA 2013 • Certificate of Honor, SmileAngel Foundation, Red Cross Society of China 2013 • The 3rd Prize, Dome-the 1ST Academy Exhibition of Oil Paintings in Guangdong, Department of Education of Guangdong Province 2012 • Second-class Scholarships ( Year 2011-2012, 2010-2011), GAFA 2012&2011 • Merit Student ( Year 2010-2011), GAFA 2011 • Excellent Student in Academic Learning ( Year 2009-2010). GAFA 2010 • Honorable Mention, 1st Wallpaper Design Competition, GAFA