Shi Chong graduated from the Oil Painting department of Hubei Academy of Fine Arts in 1987. Shi was among the new generation of painters in the 1980s, and was contributed to the development of a new 20th century Chinese art movement, later called Neo-figurative. In 1991, Shi created “Dried Fish”, a work that depicts the installation of a plaster fish in a photo-realistic style. This would mark the beginning of Shi’s much-acclaimed 1990s period, in which he produced important works that brought installation and performance to the canvas for the first time, winning the respect of his peers and critics. Shi currently lives and works in Wuhan, Hubei province, China.