Available Works

In The Studio


Michael Gao (b. 2002, China) paints to explore digital culture and politics through intense colours and unique compositions. Gao delves into the meme culture in Asia and the United States, examining themes of censorship, technology, and the political climate as represented in the online world. He blends figuration and symbolism with digital found images, resulting in surprising connections and comical outcomes. Gao captures the absurdity of both the real and digital landscapes, creating a hyper-reality filled with contrasts, satire, and cultural references.


BA, University of Edinburgh, 2020-2024


2023, Michael Gao on His Art Journey, Life in Edinburgh, Influences, Gaming and Favorite Things, Overstandard

2023, Michael Gao, London Paint Club


2023, City Rat Collective Exhibition, City Rat Collective, Edinburgh, Scotland (Group)
2022, CALA Homes, Cala Homes Newington Residence, Edinburgh, Scotland (Group)