Meng was born 1992 in China. While starting his first art relative degree in BFA Fashion in Pratt Institute, he realized the deep engagement in art. Aftering a year in New York, Meng moved to London for BA Painting in Camberwell College of Arts. During school practice, he kept challenging a dialogue between East and West, tradition and technology, body and mind. In order to complete his approach, Meng accepted a MA offer in Moving Image at Royal College of Art. Although he is in early stage of career, he has hold a 600m2 solo exhibition at Art space in 22 The Bund, Shanghai, exploring the role of the human body in Chinese traditional painting.
At the heart of Meng Zhou’s work is a conversation between tradition and modernity. Through painting, sculpture and installation he attempts to merge and to transform classical Chinese symbolism and imagery using Western styles and techniques. His artistic project draws on poetic analogies of Chinese cultural history and myth that help to narrate his work.
Although his work may seem figurative in parts his subjects are always borne out of ﬁction, composites drawn from a combination of dreamscapes, collected images and anatomical research. Through his paintings Meng is interested specifically in the oscillation between figuration and abstract gesture and drawing out the specific moment when comprehensible figures or forms immerge from amorphous mass.
Meng’s cinematic oeuvre runs parallel to his painting and sculpture. The material immediacy of the camera allows his work to document and explore single incidents and narrates stories that hover between disconcerting dreams and reality.