Zhao Bandi

Born in 1966 - China


Zhao Bandi is a contemporary Chinese artist, also known as Pandaman. He is a graduate of the Beijing Central Academy of Fine Arts (oil painting department).

He produces photographs, photomontages, paintings, sculptures and costumes. He uses paradigms from advertising and Chinese propaganda, which he reinterprets in his works. His intention is to inform the public about important political issues through his works.

The panda is a recurring character in his works. Zhao Bandi has organized a fashion show at the Palais de Tokyo in Paris called "China: a nation of pandas". Parodying the fashion parades, the Chinese artist presented thirty characters, stereotypes of today's China - the judge, the cyber sex worker, the beggar, the stakeholder ... all dressed in white and black, the colors of the panda. For Zhao Bandi, the panda is the symbol of the one-child policy in China.

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"ShanghART Night: Zhao Bandi gracefully reaches Shanghai with his Panda Couture", Shanghai Jinmao Shengrong Yacht, Bund, Shanghai (China).

"Bandi Panda Fashion Show: Chinese International Fashion Week (08 Spring/Summer)", Central Hall, D. Park, 798 Art Zone, Beijing (China).

"The Tales of Zhao Bandi and the Panda", ShanghART H-Space, Shanghai (China).
"Moving in the Margins Between History and Society, Zhao Bandi Creates a New, Hitherto Latent Subject of Social Action. What Does this Mean?", Beijing Commune, Beijing (China).

"Bandi 2008 Olympic", a huge event in Bern (Switzerland).

"Uh-Oh! Pandaman", Piccadilly Circus Underground Station, Platform for Art, London, UK
"The Panda Man Film Party: Who will attend the event?", Shanghai Duolun Museum of Modern Art, Shanghai (China).
"Zhao Bandi", Inside Space, Selfridges, UK

"Zhao Bandi and the Panda", public welfare posters at Pudong Airport, Huaihai Rd., Shanghai (China).


"Body Media", Tang Contemporary Art, Beijing (China).
"Community of Tastes: The Inaugural Exhibition of Iberia Center for Contemporary Art", Iberia Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing (China).

Shanghai Art Fair, Art Fair Shanghai WTO Mall, Shanghai (China).
ShanghART Autumn Exhibition, ShanghART Gallery, Shanghai (China).
"Floating: New Generation of Art in China", National Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul (Korea).
The 38th Basel Art Fair, Basel (Switzerland).
"Zhuyi! Contemporary Chinese Photography", Artium; Basque Museun-Center of Contemporary Art; Vitoria-Gasteiz (Spain).
"Individual Positions 1", ShanghART Gallery, Shanghai (China).

"News", Beijing Commune, Beijing (China).
Melbourne International Arts Festival, Melbourne (Australia).
"Entry Gate: Chinese Aesthetics of Heterogeneity", MoCA, Shanghai (China).
The 5th Asia-Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT5), Gallery of Modern Art (GoMA), Queensland Art Gallery (Australia).

"Zooming into Focus (NAMOC): Contemporary Chinese Photography and Video from the Haudenschild Collection", National Art Museum Of China, Beijing (China).
"Mahjong: Contemporary Chinese Art from the Sigg Collection", Kunstmuseum Bern, Bern (Switzerland).
"The Wall: Reshaping Contemporary Chinese Art", UB Art Gallery, UB Anderson Gallery and Albrigh-Knox Art Gallery, University at Buffalo Art Galleries, Buffalo, New York (USA).; Millennium Art Museum, Beijing (China).

"Dreaming of the Dragon's Nation: Contemporary Art from China", IMMA (Irish Museum of Modern Art), Dublin (Ireland).
Zheng Guogu, Zhao Bandi, Shi Yong, ShanghART Gallery, Shanghai (China).
"Between Past and Future: New Photography and Video from China", ICP and the Asia Society, NY (USA). traveling, Museum of Contemporary Art and the Smart Museum of Art, Chicago; Seattle Art Museum, Seattle; the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara (USA).; V&A, London, UK; Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin (Germany).
"Zooming into Focus (SAM, Singapore, Tijuana): Chinese Contemporary Photography and Video from the Haudenschild Collection", Shanghai Art Museum, Shanghai (China).; Earl Lu Gallery, LASALLE-SIA College of the Arts, Singapore; Cultural Tijuana, Tijuana (Mexico).
"Chine, le corps partout? (China, the Body Everywhere?)", Museum of Contemporary Art, Marseilles (France).
"Is It Art? Black Show", Noanoa Center, Xi'an (China).

"Conceptual Photography from the People's Republic of China", Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver, Colorado (USA).
"Urban Art 2003", Shanghai (China).; City of Melbourne, Victoria (Australia).
"Zooming into Focus (San Diego): Chinese Contemporary Photography from the Haudenschild Collection", University Gallery of San Diego State University, San Diego (USA).

"Reinterpretation: A Decade of Experimental Chinese Art (1990 subtle 2000)", the First Guangzhou Triennial, Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou (China).
"Too Much Flavor Mirage: Contemporary Art Exhibition", 3H Art Center, Shanghai (China).

"Inside the Body", ISE Foundation, New York (USA).
"Hotpot", Kinesisk Samtidskunst, Hustnernes Hus, Oslo (Norway).

The 3rd Shanghai Biennial, Shanghai Art Museum, Shanghai (China).

"APERTO over ALL", the 48th International Art Exhibition Venice Biennale, Venice (Italy).
"Love: Chinese Contemporary Photography & Video International Arts Festival". Tachikawa 99 (Japan).
"Art for Sale", Shanghai Plaza, Shanghai (China).

"Every Day", the 11th Biennale of Sydney, Museum of Contemporary Art etc., Sydney (Australia).

"In the Name of Art: Chinese Contemporary Art Exhibition", Liu Hai Su Art Museum, Shanghai (China).
"China: Aktuelles aus 15 Ateliers", Munich (Germany).

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