Cai Hongshou grew up in the countryside in Hunan, life in the countryside had a large impression on him. He moved to Beijing in 1995 and was hugely influenced by the contemporary art movement happening in Beijing at that time. Cai started his career working in curation and art communication – helping to realise installation of different Artists, this background is clear in his work, where everything is calculated and carefully placed.
Cai enjoys the purity, transparency and atmosphere that X-Ray film produces. Not quite beautiful but nevertheless enchanting, something that exists in the real world but can look so different and ephemeral. The technique and result of his work is quite serious but his approach and content is often humourous and relaxed.