Hu Xiaoyuan was born in 1977 in Harbin. She later moved to Beijing to attend and graduated from the Central Academy of Fine Arts. 

In 2003, she started exhibiting her work, first in October 2003 with N12, a circle of twelve young artists who had all been graduates of the Central Academy. The exhibition was N12 New Painting-No.1 held at the Art Museum of the Central Academy. This was followed by N12 New Painting-No 2 in the following year. She was then selected for the 12th Documenta in Kassel in 2007, directed by Roger M. Buergel in collaboration with Ruth Noack. This led to a series of exhibitions in Europe and Asia. 

Hu Xiaoyuan has been collaborating in one-person and group exhibitions with Beijing Commune since 2010. She participated in a group exhibition, The Ungovernables at the New Museum Triennial in New York in 2012 and then with Duan Jianyu in A Potent Force at the Rockbund Art Gallery, Shanghai in 2013. This was followed by her participation in various group shows, such as in 2014: My Generation: Young Chinese Artists, Tampa Museum of Art; the Museum of Fine Arts, St.Petersburg, Florida; Focus Beijing: De Heus-Zomer Collection, Museum Boijmans van Beuningen  Rotterdam, the Netherlands; Inside, Palais de Tokyo, Paris and in 2015: My Generation: Young Chinese Artists, Orange County Museum of Art Orange County, U.S.

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