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About Cao Jun

Cao Jun is a Chinese artist currently residing in New York City. Cao Jun's core philosophy is that nature and humanity can co-exist harmoniously in order to bring human beings closer to nature. This central theme resonates in his paintings and is treasured by his many fans across the world. Cao Jun’s background of oriental culture education and more than ten years of living abroad and travelling between East and West cultures created his unique cognitive style and academic personality. In addition to using pen and ink in his work, Cao Jun's artwork espouses the “borrowing the ancients to open the present” by melding together both tradition and modernism in his art. His work is uniquely original, but also in touch with traditional works. His love for life and nature resonates through his artistic charm and expressionism. His work has been featured in exhibitions at the National Art Museum of China ,McMullen Museum of Art at Boston College and Long Island Museum in New York and more. Cao Jun's work has been offered at auction multiple times, with realized prices ranging from $331 USD to $452,349 USD, depending on the size and medium of the artwork. Since 2009 the record price for this artist at auction is $452,349 USD for “The Arrival of Auspiciousness”, sold at Poly Auction Hong Kong Limited in 2018.

The Arrival of Auspiciousness (2018)

Cao Jun.

Ink-wash painting.


In 2017, Cao Jun collaborated with Mr. Steven Rockefeller Jr., co-chairman of CCAIO, to create and installation “Breath of Earth” in the U.S. (source:

Breath of Earth (2017) | Cao Jun.



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