Yi Zhou is a leading contemporary multimedia artist and filmmaker based in Shanghai. Her formative years were first spent in Rome, then living between London and Paris before eventually settling in Paris before returning to China in 2010. Her works explore the relationship between humanity, civilization, nature and imagination, referencing literature, mythology, philosophy and new technology. She creates large multimedia installation artworks that blend film, digital animation, photography, sculpture, painting, drawing, and contemporary music composition. Zhou explores the realm of hyper-realism and neo-realism: on one hand; she derives visual and tangible forms from the imagination and dreams, while on the other hand, she gives a surreal aspect to nature itself.
Her imagery is a complex synthesis of imagination, literature, mythology, philosophy and new technology and is impregnated with Chinese and Mediterranean culture. Blending ancient expressive methods, such as sculpture in marble and 35mm film, with extremely progressive and technologically advanced ones, such as 3D animation and aerogel, Yi Zhou presents a vision of life, transcending both time and space, inflected with irony and wit. In her work she creatively collaborates with avant garde film, music and fashion artists including Charlotte Gainsbourg, Air, Pharrell Williams and Olivier Theyskens.
Yi Zhou has exhibited internationally in a number of important exhibitions including Days of Yi , Venice Biennale 2011; 1280 Tower, public sculpture and sound installation; Place Vendome Paris 2008; the Third Guangzhou Triennial 2008, the Shanghai Biennale 2010 and Deitch Projects 2006. Her pioneering films have been selected numerous times for presentation at the Venice International Film Festival, the Cannes Film Festival and the Sundance Film Festival. Her new film Think is currently presented at the Milan Expo 2015.