Zhou Tiehai

Chinese, b. 1966

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Zhou Tiehai

Chinese, b. 1966

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Zhou Tiehai was determined to make a name for himself in the international art world, and he succeeded, reaping the benefits of the market even while exposing its absurdities. For Zhou, the process proved as simple as creating fake magazine covers that hailed him as a rising art star; the works delivered a self-fulfilling prophecy, and now his large-scale airbrush paintings are highly sought after, despite not bearing any traces of the artist’s own hand (they are executed by a team of assistants). Known for their cheekiness, Zhou’s signature “Joe Camel” paintings feature the cigarette company’s mascot replacing the subjects in iconic works by Leonardo da Vinci, Francisco de Goya, Richard Prince, and Jeff Koons. Joe Camel has been described as Zhou’s alter ego and a spoof on Westerners, who are sometimes stereotyped in China as having big noses.

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Represented by internationally reputable galleries.
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Group show at a major institution
Rockbund Art Museum, and 1 more
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Collected by a major institution
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
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Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 3 more
Biography

Zhou Tiehai was determined to make a name for himself in the international art world, and he succeeded, reaping the benefits of the market even while exposing its absurdities. For Zhou, the process proved as simple as creating fake magazine covers that hailed him as a rising art star; the works delivered a self-fulfilling prophecy, and now his large-scale airbrush paintings are highly sought after, despite not bearing any traces of the artist’s own hand (they are executed by a team of assistants). Known for their cheekiness, Zhou’s signature “Joe Camel” paintings feature the cigarette company’s mascot replacing the subjects in iconic works by Leonardo da Vinci, Francisco de Goya, Richard Prince, and Jeff Koons. Joe Camel has been described as Zhou’s alter ego and a spoof on Westerners, who are sometimes stereotyped in China as having big noses.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Blue chip status
Blue chip representation
Represented by internationally reputable galleries.
Group
Group show at a major institution
Rockbund Art Museum, and 1 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 3 more