Singaporean visual artist Robert Zhao Renhui (b. 1983) works chiefly with photography but often adopts a multi-disciplinary approach, presenting images together with documents and objects in the form of textual and media analysis, video and photography projects. His artistic practice investigates man’s relationship with nature, utilizing convincing narratives to invoke doubts in its audience towards the concept of truth and its portrayal. His works has been exhibited globally, having held solo exhibitions in Singapore, China, Japan, Australia, and Italy, as well as participating in various biennales and photo festivals.
Recent exhibitions include Starting from the Desert Ecologies on the Edge, The Second Yinchuan Biennial, Museum of Contemporary Art, Yinchuan (2018); JIWA: Jakarta Biennale 2017, Indonesia (2017); Hugo Boss Asia Art 2017, Rockbund Art Museum, Shanghai (2017); 7th Moscow Biennale, Moscow, Russia (2017); Robert Zhao Renhui: Christmas Island, Naturally, ShanghART M50, Shanghai (2017); The Nature Museum, By Institute of Critical Zoologists (ICZ) General, Singapore International Festival of Art (SIFA), Singapore (2017); Zhao Renhui: Christmas Island, Naturally, ShanghART Singapore, Singapore (2017); Singapore, Very Old Tree, National Museum of Singapore, Singapore (2017); 20th Biennale of Sydney, Sydney, Australia (2016); A Guide to the Flora and Fauna of the World, Centre of Contemporary Photography, Australia (2015); APB Signature Art Prize, Singapore Art Museum, Singapore (2014); A Guide to the Flora and Fauna of the World, Primo Maralla Gallery, Italy (2014); Singapore Biennale: If the World Changed, The Peranakan Museum, Singapore (2013).
His works has been awarded The United Overseas Bank Painting of the Year Award (Singapore) in 2009 and The Deutsche Bank Award in Photography by the University of the Arts London in 2011. In 2010, he was awarded The Young Artist Award by the Singapore National Arts Council. Most recently, he is named as a finalist for the Hugo Boss Asia Art Award 2017. His work has also been featured prominently in Artforum International, ArtAsiaPacific, European Photography, Pipeline, Archivo, Fotografia and Punctum.