She received her BFA from the China Academy of Fine Arts New Media Arts Department, and her MFA from the School of Art and Design at NYSCC at Alfred University, with a focus on Electronic Integrated Arts. In 2015, she represented China at the Venice Biennale (internet project) and in 2018, she participated in the Gwangju Biennale, Korea. She is winner of the 2018-2019 Porsche “Young Chinese Artist of the Year” award.
Miao belongs to a generation of Chinese artists who incorporate the aesthetics of video games and Internet culture into their work. Her paintings, videos and installations reflect the technology and socio-politics of our time, that of a global world and modern China with its Internet censorship (Great Wall of China). With her humorous works, some of which she develops using artificial intelligence, she addresses a reality determined by digital surveillance, state censorship and social media, the rules of which she often breaks and playfully circumvents in her art.
Towards China, the artist has developed a Stockholm Syndrome over the time she has spent exclusively on the Chinese Internet. These sentimental feelings are real and have been addressed in works such as Chinternet Plus or Pilgrimage into Walden XII - the Honor of Shepherds.
The artist’s works have been on display in China, Taiwan, Europe and the US, on the internet and the virtual world of Second Life. In 2015, she represented China at the Venice Biennale (internet project) and in 2018, she participated in the Gwangju Biennale, Korea.
Selected solo exhibitions: Art Museum University of Toronto (2022); M+, Kowloon, China (Online), (2020); London Art Night (2018); New Museum, New York City (2016); Goethe Institute, Peking (2016); Museum of Contemporary Art Shanghai Pavilion, Shanghai (2016); Venice Biennale (Online) (2015); V Art Centre, Shanghai (2014).
Selected group exhibitions: MAMbo – Museo d’Arte Moderna di Bologna (2022); National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Taichung (2022); Asia Society Museum, New York City (2022); Hawai’i Triennal, Honolulu (2022); Castello di Rivoli/Museo d’Arte Contemporaneo, Turin (2020); ACC Asia Culture Center, Gwangju (2020); New Museum, New York City (2019); UCCA Lab at UCCA Center for Contemporary Art, Peking (2019); Württembergischer Kunstverein Stuttgart (2019); Kunstverein Hannover, Hanover (2019); CFCCA Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art, Manchester (2019); MAK Museum für angewandte Kunst, Vienna (2019); K11 Art Foundation, Hong Kong, K11 Art Space, Shanghai, in cooperation with MoMA PS 1 (2017).
Selected collections: M + Museum, Hong Kong; K11 collection, Hong Kong; Colelction Uli und Rita Sigg, Switzerland; Colelction Honus Tandijono, Hon Kong; Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art (CFCCA) Manchester; G H ART, The Netherlands; Shanghai Art Museum; White Rabbit Collection, Sydney.
Miao received the 2018–2019 Porsche “Young Chinese Artist of the Year” award.