Miao Ying

Miao Ying is an internet artist who currently resides on The Internet, the Chinese Internet (the Great Fire Wall) and her smartphone. She received her BFA from the China Academy of Fine Art’s New Media Arts department, and her MFA from the School of Art and Design at SUNY Alfred University, with a focus in Electronic Integrated Arts.

She has been focusing on internet art with an emphasis on the Chinese internet since 2007, when she made The Blind Spot (words censored from google.cn), exhibited in the  Beyond/In Western New York Biennial. Her works address her Stockholm Syndrome relationship with censorship. As a participant and observer, her work also explores self-censorship, which is the source of creativity of the Chinese internet, and has given rise to much more interesting and creative forms of self expression by Chinese netizens, such as memes, video sharing with bullet comments and WeChat gif stickers.

Miao Ying deliberately applies a thread of humour to her works. She inspects the visual language born from the internet, and it's effect on how it changes us as we interact with it. A pioneer, utilising experimental formats; such as Browser, GIF, APPs, Social Media and Second Life. Her works have a strong awareness of mainstream technology and it’s impact on our daily lives. She has shown her works in the Chinese pavilion at the 2015 Venice Biennale (Italy),KW institute for Contemporary Art (Berlin), State Gallery Linz(Linz), OCAT Shanghai (Shanghai), Times Museum (Guangzhou), CAFA Art Museum(Beijing), Ullens Centre for Contemporary Art(Beijing), Museum of Contemporary Art (Taibei),   Shanghai Art Museum (Shanghai) and The Wrong—New Digital Art Biennale (online).

Solo Exhibitions


Miao Ying: Chinternet Plus, www.chinternetplus.com, New Museum, online

Content Aware, MadeIn Gallery, Shanghai, China


Holding a Kitchen Knife to Cut the Internet Cable, Folklore of the cyber world: an online Exhibition for the Chinese Pavilion, La Biennale di Venezia 2015, Chinese Pavilion, Venice, Italy/ CAC, Shanghai, China/Online


.gif ISLAND, V Art Centre, Shanghai, China

Meanwhile in china—So in loved, will never feel tired again,  Netizenet, Internet


Blind Spot, Fosdick-Nelson Gallery, NY, USA

Only you would fit into the mode that I have become, Smart Wall Gallery, NY, USA

Group Exhibitions


Why the performance, McaM, Shanghai China

Time Test: International Video Art Research Exhibition, RMCA, Guangzhou China

Ethics of Technology, Beijing Media Art Biennale, Beijing, China

Information Sculpture Superhighway, MadeIn Gallery, Shanghai

Action! Imaged Bodies, Leap Pavilion, Photofairs Shanghai, Shanghai Exhibition Center,

Shanghai China

□, Asia Art Center, Taipei, China

Turning Point: Contemporary Art in China Since 2000, Minsheng Art Museum, Shanghai, China

Octopus 16: Antiques Roadshow, Gertrude Contemporary, Melbourne, Ausralia

Void: special project by Aaajiao&Miao Ying, Moca Pavilion, Shanghai, China

Ghost in flash: after photography, Taikang Space, Beijing, China

Secret Surface, KW institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin, Germany

Community of Celibates, Shanghai gallery of Art, Shanghai, China


The Wrong—New Digital Art Biennale, online

Huayu Youth Award nomination exhibition, Sanya, Hainan, China

Inventing Ritual, Madein Company, Shanghai, China/ Art Sanya, Sanya, China

The Ballad of Generation Y, OCAT Shanghai, Shanghai, China

Redefine: multiple perspectives and possibilities in network era, Times Museum, Guangzhou, China

Faith/Freedom/Future-proof, 2015 Europa Tour: Contemporary Art From China, Warszawa, Poland

Portable Domains, Firstdraft, Sydney, Australia

My Feet Would Hurt If They Still Existed, Alaska Projects, Sydney, Australia

B3+Beijing 2015, Moving in Time, CAFA Art Museum, Beijing, China

No Apple No Show, We Gallery, Shanghai, China

“CAFAM-FUTURE” Exhibition, The Reality Representation of Chinese Young Art, CAFA Art Museum, Beijing, China


Tomorrow’s Party, Ullens Centre for Contemporary Art, Beijing, China

Rendering, BYOB Beijing, Beijing, China

Loop, BYOB Shanghai, Shanghai, China

Resolution, SNAP, Shanghai, China

Teach us to care and not to care, Teach us to sit still, BANK Gallery, Shanghai, China

Net-Recycling, Nomade Art Space, Hanzhou, China


Art That Heels, V Art Center, Shanghai, China

The Overlapping Reflection— Zhujiajiao contemporary art exhibition, shanghai, China

Happy Big Everybody Run, This gallery, Beijing, China


Wandering Eyes: Video Art from Shanghai Exhibition, State Gallery Linz, Austria

Son, EGG Gallery, Beijing, China

Sensation, V Art Center, Shanghai, China


Smile, Hemuse Gallery, Beijing, China

The Halo Effect, V Art Center, Shanghai, China


Beyond/In Western New York, New York, USA


Infantization, Museum of Contemporary Art,Taibei, Taiwan                   

Infantization, Shanghai Art Museum, Shanghai, China