Qiu Zhijie was born in Zhangzhou, Fujian Province in 1969. He currently works and lives in Hangzhou and Beijing. He graduated from China Academy of Art in 1992 with amajor of printmaking. He currently serves as the dean and professor of the School of Experimental Art, Central Academy of Fine Arts, and a pro- fessor at the School of Intermedia Art, China Academy of Art.
Qiu Zhijie was the curator of the first video art exhibition in China in 1996 and curated a series of “Post-sense Sensibility” exhibitions during 1999 and 2005 promoting the young generation of Chinese artists. In 2012 he was the chief curator of the 9th Shanghai Biennale “Reactivation”, in 2017 he is the chief curator of the Chinese Pavilion of the 57th Venice Biennale. Since 2015, he is the academic director of Ming Contemporary Art Museum (Shanghai). In 2017，he initiated EAST (Education, Art, Science, Technology) Alliance in Central Art of Fine Arts Beijing.