Cai Foundation
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To support, advance and promote contemporary art, art initiatives and emerging artists worldwide.



Transcultural Dialogue


Public Art & Politics

Environmental Sustainability

Interdisciplinary Practice

Art History & Cosmos

Art Methodology


Our Mission

Created with gifts by artist Cai Guo-Qiang and Hong Hong Wu and additional supports by Cai Studio and fellow collaborators of Cai’s, the mission of Cai Foundation is to support, advance and promote contemporary visual arts and art initiatives in other related forms both in the US and internationally through exhibition, education, publication, collection, preservation, grant-making and providing fellowship to emerging individual artists. 


About Cai Guo-Qiang

Cai Guo-Qiang was born in 1957 in Quanzhou, China. He was trained in stage design at the Shanghai Theatre Academy from 1981 to 1985, and his work has since crossed multiple mediums within art including drawing, installation, video, and performance. Cai began to experiment with gunpowder in his hometown Quanzhou, and continued exploring its properties while living in Japan from 1986 to 1995. This inquiry eventually led to the development of his signature outdoor explosion events. Drawing upon Eastern philosophy and contemporary social issues as a conceptual basis, his artworks respond to culture and history and establish an exchange between viewers and the larger universe around them. His explosion art and installations are imbued with a force that transcends the two-dimensional plane to engage with society and nature.

He currently lives and works in New York.