Zitong Zhu

Zitong Zhu

Kunshan, Jiangsu, China

About Zitong Zhu

Born 1994 China

Lives and works in New York and Shanghai

Zitong Zhu is a photographer and painter who interested in the deconstruction of space. She holds a BFA in Fine Arts and an MFA in Fine Arts from the School of Visual Arts. Zitong’s recent work is a site-specific project —— ART· ifice 909.

ART· ifice 909 is about optical illusion, humor, and tricking the perception of the viewer. This body of work is a site-specific project using the existing space and architectural elements in my studio to create two-and-a-half-dimensional photographs. Her goal is to encourage the viewer to discover alternative realities through the strategic use of illusion and perspective. These are realities that they can decide to accept, or not. Each work is created using a different logic including time, space, location, relocation, scale, reconstruction, and deconstruction. This body of work is her take on Trompe L’oeil, a traditional painting technique that uses realistic imagery to create the optical illusion that the depicted objects exist in three dimensions.

Zhu’s work has been featured in School of Visual Arts 20/20 Catalogs, curated by Hitomi Iwasaki, and has been exhibited at galleries and online including SVA Gramercy Gallery, cloyPARLOR Pop-up Show, Magic Plastic Lounge in Satellite Art Fair, ASYAAF (Asian Students and Young Artists Art Festival), and Pumpkin Club Online Gallery.


2017 - 2019 School of Visual Arts, New York, NY, USA

Master of Fine Arts

2014 - 2017 School of Visual Arts, New York, NY, USA

Bachelor of Fine Arts

2010 - 2013 Studied at The Affiliated Art High School of China Academy of Art, China



2020 NorthSamurai Online Interview

2019 Saatchi Art Rising Star Class of 2019
ART·ifice 909

2017 School of Visual Arts 20/20 Catalogs, Curated by Hitomi Iwasaki (Director of Queens Museum)

2018 ShanghaiTech University, Shanghai, China


Selected group exhibitions

现在进行时 Present Progressive, Museum 54, Shanghai, China

晨昏杂咏 HAKUCHI Three Years + Unmanned Photograph Book Fair, Chongqing, China

ASYAAF ( Asian Student and Young Artist Art Festival ), DDP, Seoul, South Korea
Now That’s What I Call Love!, DCTV, New York, New York, USA
For Love of (Im) Possibilities: Soft Power, Jersey City, New Jersey, USA
Hopping The Fence, SVA Gramercy Gallery, New York, New York, USA
A Sense of Place, New York, New York, USA

Magic Plastic Lounge, Satellite Art Fair, Miami, Florida, USA
CloyingPARLOR Pop-up Show, Brooklyn, New York, USA

The Swinging Pendulum, SVA Gramercy Gallery, New York, New York, USA

Pumpkin Club Online Gallery Exhibition