Chen Cao




Artist Statement


Growing up with physical impediments I tend to contemplate on the limits of human potential. My work explores the idea of control and discipline relative to dualistic nature and cause and effect. Using painting as a medium,I try to understand myself as a subject and attempt to convey universal truth and beauty.


Chen grew up in Toronto Ontario and pursued fine arts at Ontario College of Art and Design graduate of 2013. He draws inspiration from both eastern and western philosophies while pursuing an aesthetic of his own.  He is motivated to rediscover the thinking of the Old Masters.








Upcoming solo at Gallery555 nov 2017

•Being, Two-person show, Project Gallery 2015


•ASAP group show 2012

•Optical Elixir group show 2012

•One Good Night 2012

•Awenda Inspired Exhibition, Creatures 2012

•OCADU 98th Graduate Exhibition 2013

•Figure show, Project Gallery 2013

•Humans, CFA 2013

•TOAE 2013

•Salon Show, Project Gallery, 2014

•Contemplation, group show, Gallery M 2014

•It looks how it looks, group show, Project Gallery 2014

•The Immaculate Self, group show Black Cat, 2014

- Whythe @ do you paint, Gladstone Hotel 2016

- Oil Painters of America 26th Annual National Juried

Exhibition of Traditional Oils,  Eisele Gallery of Fine Art, Cincinnati. 2017



- Received Ontario Arts Council Grant 2017