Mei Zhao is a Chinese-born, Sydney based multi-disciplinary artist working in painting, drawing, printmaking and installation. She grew up in Tianjin, China, and relocated to Australia as a skilled migrant in 1994. Her practice is influenced by her past, firstly as a forced farming labourer in her teenager years in China during the Cultural Revolution, and then as an immigrant in Australia. Art-making has been Zhao’s life passion from a young age. She taught herself painting and drawing to help endure the harsh farming time. She now explores her experiences of living in different landscapes through cross-cultural approaches.
Zhao obtained a Bachelor of Fine Art in painting from the National Art School (NAS) in 2019, and is currently completing a Master of Fine Art in painting there. Zhao has exhibited in multiple group exhibitions in Australia and was the winner of the Clyde & Co Art Award Exhibition in 2020. Her works are held in St Vincent’s Private Hospital and private collections in Australia and the United States.
Her first solo show will be presented at the Dragon's Lair Gallery in the Hurstville Museum and Gallery next year. This includes a body works from her current MFA project, cross-cultural mapping of three Chinese Market gardens in Sydney.