Scion of an old Beijing family of Manchu bannermen, Lu Hao is one of the brilliant new generation of artists in today’s globalizing Chinese art world. He was appointed curator of the Chinese Pavilion for the 53rd Venice Biennale in 2009. Lu is deeply concerned about the brutal urban redevelopment of his native city and the loss of everything connected with the life of his childhood courtyard home. Although he studied Chinese ink painting at the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing, Lu is best known for his works with modern materials such as Plexiglas, used to create models of major public buildings inhabited with live creatures. He also utilizes his academic training in ink painting in an alternative approach to express his interest in architecture and current realities.