Cao Ou was born in Shandong, China, in 1987. He developed his practice while attending the Printmaking Department of the China Academy of Fine Arts in 2007, and was awarded a BA degree in 2011. Following in from this Cao studies his MA degree in Printmaking graduating in 2015. Caoa now lives and works in Hangzhou.
Inspired by artists Xu Bing and Chen Qi, Cao Ou has developed his skills in the techniques of woodcut printing. His artistic themes are inspired by landscapes and the repeating patterns of buildings.
He was shortlisted for the First Muban Educational Trust Woodblock Printmaking Award in 2014.His work is currently held in the British Museum’s permanent collection.
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