Cao Dali (Tsao Tali) 曹達立 China, b. 1934


Born in 1934, Cao Dali was largely inspired by the 1950s growing up. Abstract Expressionism, a form of painting that studied notions of spirituality and the sublime, dominated the 1950s. Many artists concentrated on the formal properties of painting, and action painting was influenced by the political freedom of the United States, in opposition to the strict strictures of the Soviet bloc. Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning, Mark Rothko, Frank Kline, Barnett Newman, Clyfford Still and Adolph Gottlieb were influential artists of this period. The male dominated environment has been subsequently revised to recognise the contributions of female artists such as Lee Krasner, Joan Mitchell, and Louise Bourgeois, amongst others.


1954 He studied at National Art School and began to teach.

1956 He returned to China and studied in C.A.FA. of Beijing, under Wu Zuoren.

1961 He graduated from the C.A.F.A. ( oil painting department )

1982 First Solo exhibition in Beijing.



2008 Cao Dali Yi Shanghai Art Museum Shanghai

2017 Fine Art practises from 1972 to 1982 Inside Out Art Museum