Shao Fan is one of the first Chinese artists to explore the boundaries between visual art and design. Born into a renowned Beijing artist family in 1964, Shao Fan excelled in art, especially in painting. He received his first painting instruction during the Cultural Revolution, from parents who were university art professors assigned to paint Mao Zedong propaganda. His sister Shao Fei is also a well known Chinese artist.

Shao Fan graduated from the Beijing Arts and Crafts College in 1984 and began exploring three-dimensional art. His attraction to design, combined with a profound interest in Chinese culture, compelled him to research woodcarvings and ceramics and led to his own signature style. Beginning to paint professionally in 1989, Shao’s passion remained rooted in three-dimensional art, which eventually led to the creation of objects that integrate both art and design.

His work is part of the permanent collection of the V&A in London making him the first modern Chinese artist to be exhibited in the museum. 

His work has become an icon symbolizing China’s modern transformation.