Zhao Renhui was born in Singapore in 1983. Having graduated in photography from the Camberwell College of Arts in London and from the London College of Communication, he returned to his native country to found the international organisation ‘The Institute of Critical Zoologists’, the purpose of which is to “develop a critical approach to the zoological gaze, or how humans view animals.”
His work was honoured with the Deutsche Bank photography award in 2011 — bestowed by the University of the Arts London — and forms part of many public and private collections.
Zhao Renhui has recently exhibited his work at the Centre for Contemporary Photography (Melbourne), the Noorderlicht festival, the Format Festival, the PhotoIreland Festival, the Flash Forward Festival, the Fukuoka Asian Art Museum (Japan), the Seoul Arts Center (South Korea), the GoEun Museum of Photography (South Korea) and ShanghART Gallery. He has also undertaken many research residencies, notably at the Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, the National Museum of Wales, the Earth Observatory of Singapore, the Arctic Circle Residency and the Kadist Art Foundation.