Born in Chongqing, grew up in Beijing. Xu Bing graduated from the Central Fine Arts Institute Print Department in 1981, and stay teaching in school, attained the Master of Arts degree from central fine arts institute in 1987. Went to America in 1990, and settled down in New York. Participates in many important international contemporary fine arts display several times, like the 45th session of Venice biannual exhibition, Museum of modern Art in New York, the San Francisco Museum of Modern art, the Tokyo international vision transmission center, New York PS1 and so on. In 1999 he obtained the American cultural circle highest prize-Macarthur Fellow.