ロバート・ザオ・レンフイ ⁄ ROBERT ZHAO RENHUI

Born in Singapore, 1983

Lives and works in Singapore



2010     Masters (with Distinction) in Photography, Graduate Scholarship Program, London College of Communication, London, UK

2008      BA in Photography, Camberwell College of the Arts, University of the Arts, London, UK



The Forest Institute, Gillman Barracks, Singapore



Robert Zhao Renhui: The Lines We Draw, ShanghART Singapore, Singapore



The Lines We Draw, Yalu River Art Museum, Dandong, China

New Forest, Mind Set Art Center, Taipei, Taiwan



Final Report of the Christmas Island Expert Working Group, NTU Centre for Contemporary Art, Singapore

HUGO BOSS ASIA ART 2017, BOSS Store Ngee Ann City, Singapore



Christmas Island, Naturally, ShanghART M50, Shanghai, China

The Nature Museum, commissioned by Singapore International Festival of Arts, 72-13, Singapore

Christmas Island, Naturally, ShangART Singapore, Singapore

The Bizarre Honour, Chip Bee Gardens, Singapore

Singapore, Very Old Tree, National Museum of Singapore, Singapore



The Natural History of an Island, DECK, Singapore



A Guide to the Flora and Fauna of the World, Centre of Contemporary Photography, Melbourne, Australia

The tree that fell, The Substation, Singapore

The Nature Collector, ShanghART Gallery, Shanghai, China



Flies Prefer Yellow, Kadist Art Foundation, San Francisco, California, USA

Fake or Reality, Galarie Anzenberger, Vienna, Austria

A Guide to the Flora and Fauna of the World, Primo Marella Gallery, Milan, Italy

The Last Thing You See, 2902 Gallery, Singapore



The Institute of Critical Zoologists, Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff, UK

Living Proof, Bangkok University Gallery, Bangkok, Thailand



The Land Archive, Institute of Contemporary Arts, Singapore



The Whiteness of Whales, Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, Fukuoka, Japan



If a tree falls in the forest, The Substation, Singapore



Cuttings, Mizuma Gallery, Singapore

Silent Spring, Galerie im Körnerpark, Berlin, Germany

The Natural History of an Island, Three Shadows Photography Art Center, Beijing, China



Chengdu Biennale, Super Fusion, Tianfu Art Park, Chengdu

Posthuman Ensemble, Asia Culture Center, Gwangju, South Korea

A Show About Nothing, BY ART MATTERS, Hangzhou, China

The New Cosmos of Photography Tokyo Exhibition 2021, Tokyo Photographic Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan

What a caterpillar calls the end, the world calls a butterfly, Field Studies, Singapore

Tonight the Air is Warm, Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery, London, United Kingdom

Interspecies Futures, Center for Book Arts, New York, United States

ANTHROPOLOGY OF ICE, Fotograf Festival 11, Fotograf Gallery, Prague, Czech Republic

The Gift, Singapore Art Museum, Singapore



From the Mundane World, Launch Exhibition of He Art Museum, He Art Museum, Guangdong

In The Forest, Even The Air Breathes, GAMeC Galleria d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Bergamo, Italy

Busan Biennale: Words at an Exhibition, an exhibition in ten chapters and five poems, Museum of Contemporary Art Busan, Busan, South Korea

Meditations in an Emergency, UCCA Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing

The Seeds We Sow, Mizuma Gallery, Singapore



Winter Exhibition, ShanghART Beijing, Beijing

2219: Futures Imagined, ArtScience Museum, Singapore

Singapore Biennale 2019, Every Step in the Right Direction, Gillman Barracks, Singapore

Observe, Experiment, Archive, Sunderland Museum and Winter Garden, London, United Kingdom

Season 3, Orange County Museum of Art, California, USA

The Time Tree, Fort Canning Park, Singapore

Quasi-Nature: Bio Art, Borderline and Laboratory, Hyundai Motorstudio Beijing, China

An Opera for Animals, 
Para Site
, Hong Kong

Civilization: The Way We Live Now, Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing, China



The 9th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT9), The Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, Australia

Post-Nature—A Museum as an Ecosystem: Taipei Biennial 2018, Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei, Taiwan

Two houses: Politics and histories in the contemporary art collections of John Chia and Yeap Lam Yang, Institute of Contemporary Arts Singapore, LASALLE, Singapore

Present Future, Supernormal, Singapore

Fotofestiwal 2018, Art_Inkubator, Łódź, Poland

Starting from the Desert. Ecologies on the Edge: 2nd Yinchuan Biennale, Yinchuan Museum of Contemporary Art, Yinchuan, China

PhotoESPAÑA, Fernán Gómez Centro Cultural de la Villa, Madrid, Spain

The 5th Onassis Fast Forward Festival,  15 Derigny St., Athens, Greece

OH! Emerald Hill, OH! Open House, Singapore



Jakarta Biennale 2017, Gudang Sarinah Ekosistem, Jakarta, Indonesia

HUGO BOSS ASIA ART 2017, Rockbund Art Museum, Shanghai, China

7th Moscow Biennale: “Clouds ⇄ Forests”, State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow, Russia

Children’s Biennale: Dreams & Stories, National Gallery of Singapore, Singapore

Traces of the Future: Contemporary Art from Southeast Asia, Mizuma Art Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

SUPER/NATURAL, Gajah Gallery, Yogyakarta, Indonesia

On Sharks and Humanity, Parkview Museum, Singapore

Chobi Mela IX, Dhaka, Bangladesh



Singapore International Photography Festival: The Archive as Conversation, National Library, Singapore

Why are we doing what we are doing ?, Mizuma Gallery, Singapore

20th Biennale of Sydney, Sydney, Australia

Prudential Eye Awards Exhibition 2016, ArtScience Museum, Singapore



No Boundary: An Exhibition featuring Singaporean Artists, ShanghART Gallery, Singapore

What it is about when it is about nothing, Mizuma Gallery, Singapore

Arles Discover Award Exhibition, Arles, France



Signature Art Prize, Singapore Art Museum, Singapore

The Origin of Beauty: Dramatic Nostalgia, Busan Museum of Art, Busan, South Korea

Ocean of possibilities, Noorderlicht Festival of Photography, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Going, Going until I Meet the Tide, Busan Biennale, Busan, South Korea

Origins, Memories & Parodies, Daegu Photo Biennale, Daegu, South Korea

Mapping Asia, Asia Art Archive, Hong Kong

Truths, Facts, Fictions, Lies, PhotoIreland, Ireland

A time of dreams, Moscow International Biennale of Young Art, Moscow, Russia

Landscape: the virtual, the actual, the possible?, Times Museum, Guangdong, China

Grandprix Fotofestiwal, Poland

Unearthed, S​ingapore Art Museum, Singapore

Ghost Nature, Gallery 400, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, Illinoi, USA

Projections Animalieres, La Box, Bourges at the École Nationale Supérieure d’Art, Bourges, France

The Land Archive, 24/7, Sculpture Square, Singapore

Do you believe in Angels?, MO_Space, Manila, Philippines



If the World Changed, Singapore Biennale, Peranakan Museum, Singapore

Photoquai 4, Museum de Branly, Paris, France

Novel Ecologies, Cross Art Projects, Sydney, Australia

The Artist, The Book and the Crowd, The Substation, Singapore

Living in the ruins of the 20th Century,​ University of Technology, Sydney, Australia

International Festival of Photography, Mineiro Museum, Belo Horizonte, Brazil

The Realm In The Mirror, The Vision out of Image, Suzhou Jinji Lake Art Museum, Suzhou, China

Engaging Perspectives, New Art From Singapore, Centre of Contemporary Art, Singapore

President’s Young Talent Exhibition, Singapore Art Museum, Singapore

Edit, Image Phobia and Fetish, ShanghART Gallery, Shanghai, China

Earth Works, PPOW Gallery, New York City, New York, USA

Adapting to the Anthropocene, UNESCO House, Paris, France

Going where, ShanghART Gallery, Singapore

Encounter: The Royal Academy in Asia, Institute of Contemporary Arts, Singapore

Beast Bloom for Thee, Galeri Canna, Jakarta, Indonesia

Between Conversations, Yavuz Fine Art, Singapore



Terra Cognita, Noorderlitcht Festival of Photography, Amsterdam, Netherlands

FutureMap, Zabludowicz Collection, London, UK

Future­Proof, Singapore Art Museum, Singapore

Hijacked III, Contemporary Photography from the UK and Australia, Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts,

Perth, Australia



We who saw signs, Institute of Contemporary Arts, Singapore

Territories of the real and unreal, Langgeng Art Foundation, Yogyakarta, Indonesia

Animal Talk, Jendela, Singapore

Right Here, Right Now, Format International Photography Festival, Derby, UK

Not too far away, 2902 Gallery, Singapore



“Haven’t You Heard?”, Hong Kong Arts Centre, Hong Kong

When Species Meet: A gaze that is non­human, Museum of Modern Art Warsaw, Warsaw, Poland

Emerging Wave, GoEun Museum of Photography, Busan, South Korea

Art & The Law, M1 Fringe Festival, Jendela Gallery, Singapore

Cut 2010: New Photography from Southeast Asia, Parallel Universe, Valentine Willie Fine Art, Kuala Lumpur,

Malaysia, and Singapore



A touch of violence, National Gallery of Arts, Tirane, Albania

Photocinema, Format International Photography Festival, Derby, UK



We decided to go to the zoo but it was raining, Photo­Levallois Festival, Paris, France



Excellence Award, New Cosmos of Photography 2021, Tokyo, Japan



Finalist, 12th Benesse Prize, Singapore Art Museum, Singapore



Finalist, HUGO BOSS ASIA ART 2017, Rockbund Art Museum, Shanghai, China



Nominee, Prudential Eye Awards



Finalist, APB Foundation Signature Art Prize, Singapore Art Museum, Singapore



Deutsche Bank Award In Photography, University of the Arts, London, UK



Young Artist Award, Singapore



Arts Creation Fund, National Arts Council, Singapore

United Overseas Bank Prize, Painting of the Year Award, Singapore



Honourable Mention, Photo­Levallois Festival, Paris, France


National Museum of Singapore, Singapore

UBS Art Collection, UBS Global

Statoil Art Collection, Stavanger, Norway

Kadist Art Foundation, San Francisco, USA

UOB Art Collection, Singapore

Singapore Art Museum, Singapore



Altered Realities Robert Zhao, Katarzyna Majak, Archivo

The Origin of Invented Species Robert Zhao Renhui, Profiles by Sylvia Tsai, ArtAsiaPacific



Enough Room to Fall, President’s Young Talents, catalogue, Tan Siuli

Speculative Everything, Aesthetics of Unreality, book, Anthony Dunne and Fiona Raby, MIT Press

Misrepresented, The Design Society Journal No.6

Art Cities of the Future, book, Phaidon Press

Contemporary Photography in Asia, book, Prestel Publishing

Zhao Renhui: A Photographer’s Obsession with Animals, The Muse



Art Forum, Openings, Essay by Jeffrey Kastner

Nature, Documents of Contemporary Art, Whitechapel, book, MIT Press

LAND Journal, Institute of Contemporary Art Singapore

Asian Art News, March/April, Exploring Artifice and Context, Interview by Steven Pettifor

Punctum, Issue 3, Essay by Lisa Botos



Fotografia, Zhao Renhui, Essay by Katarzyna Perlak



NY Arts, New York, Summer 2010, Voices, Artist’s Interview

Public art, Korea : June, Issue 045

Cabinet, Issue 38, Pulau Pejantan

The Straits Time, Life!Arts, Interview, The Japanese side of whaling, August 07

Art Forum, Best of 2010, December, Selected by Pauline J.Yao



Extra 03, Feature, Antwerp FotoMuseum, The Zoo as Cinema

Portfolio Magazine, Contemporary Photography in Britain, Cover and feature, Issue 49



L’oeil de la Photographie, France, Nov, Image of the Month



NTU Centre for Contemporary Art, Singapore



Kadist Art Foundation, San Francisco, California, USA



Earth Observatory of Singapore, Singapore



National Museum of Wales, Residency by Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff, UK

Langgeng Arts Foundation, Residency on Dutch Colonial Archives



Bangkok University Gallery, Bangkok, Thailand

The Arctic Circle Residency, Ffotogallery, Penarth, UK



Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, Fukuoka, Japan