- He was born in Beijing in 1967. Yao Lu is a professor of Photography at the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing where he graduated in 1991. His photographic work starts from the 90s. He has exhibited mainly in China in the field of the Photography Festivals in Pingyao or Lianzhou, among other, but he has also been released in Korea, France, Austria, Poland and the United States. In 2008 he won the BMW Paris-Photo prize.
For him, photography is capable to reorganize and look through what we see in reality, to cause fantasies in the spectators who watch the images. The series New Landscapes includes pictures that are at the same time fictitious and real. The artist photographs mounds of garbage covered in green protective nets which he assembles and reworks by computer, to create bucolic landscapes, mist flooded mountains, inspired by traditional Chinese paintings. Between painting and photography, past and present, Yao Lu’s work speaks of the radical mutation affecting nature in China and the ecological threads that endanger the environment.