Born 1943, Chengdu, China. Lives and works in New York City.
Studios and Sales, Postmasters, New York
Kin, Tanya Leighton, Berlin
Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors, ShangART, Beijing
David Diao: America Beckoning, Gund Gallery at Kenyon College, Gambier, Ohio
David Diao: Hong Kong Boyhood, Postmasters Gallery, New York
Bauhaus: Utopia in Crisis, curated by Professor Daniel Sturgis, Bauhaus University, Weimar
New York: The Eighties; Part Two, Le Consortium, Dijon
Genealogías del Arte, curated by Manuel Fontán del Junco, Fundación Juan March
Bauhaus: Utopia in Crisis, curated by Prof. Daniel Sturgis, Camberwell Space, Camberwell College of Arts, London
There will never be a door. You are inside, curated by Luiza Teixeira de Freitas, Sala de Arte of Fundacion Santander, Madrid, Spain
Walk Right In… (with Gwenn Thomas), Jeffrey Stark, New York
Nothing Will Be As Before, Tanya Leighton, Berlin
Malevich Two Ways
Referring to pioneering abstract artist Kazimir Malevich, Diao brings to light a humorous and revealing side of the artist who is discussed in Art History 101 courses with supreme reverence. Diao’s painting pictures one of Malevich’s Suprematist Constructions in two different orientations. In the years following Malevich’s debut of a number of paintings from this series in Moscow 1919 they were subsequently hung in differing orientations to their original display. First attributed to potential misunderstandings by exhibition organizers, it later became clear that Malevich was himself present for the installation of his works and therefore knew that they were being shown differently than previously. Some paintings rotated three times over the course of eight years. Diao calling attention to this art historical hiccup is a reminder that not all narratives are concrete and that history is often written from the present.