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 City, Fujian Province, China. He was trained in stage design at the Shanghai Theater Academy, and his work has since crossed multiple mediums within art, including drawing, installation, video and performance art. While living in Japan from 1986 to 1995, he explored the properties of gunpowder in his drawings, an inquiry that eventually led to his experimentation with explosives on a massive scale and to the development of his signature explosion events. Drawing upon Eastern philosophy and contemporary social issues as a conceptual basis, these projects and events aim to establish an exchange between viewers and the larger universe around them, utilizing a site-specific approach to culture and history.