Hongtao Zhou is a designer, artist and researcher working in the interdisciplinary areas of furniture design, sculptural installation and architecture. Hongtao started his career in Harbin of China as a designer and sculptor. He came to the U.S. in 2005, and received his Ph.D. in Product Design from Purdue University and MFA in Sculpture from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His practice crosses the boundaries of art, design, engineering and science. Currently he is an assistant professor at the University of Hawaii-Manoa working on design and art matters regarding sustainability, climate and culture.
Hongtao has exhibited national & international and has published abstracts and biographies in art, design and scientific research. His recent exhibitions include National Museum of China, Milwaukee Art Museum, Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites, Honolulu Museum of Art, Chazen Museum of Art, Charles Allis Art Museum, Philadelphia Art Alliance, Central Academy of Fine Arts Museum, Tsinghua University Visual Art Center, University of Wisconsin Union Gallery, Haggerty Museum of Art, University of Hawaii Art Gallery, Philadelphia Art Alliance, Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, Museum of Contemporary Craft in Portland, Charles Allis & Villa Terrace Decorative Art Museums and Taiwan Design Center. He has published in American Craft, Interior Design, Interni, Design Bureau, Metropolis, Zhuangshi Magazine, Huffington Post, Clarin, Artdaily, Modern Weekly.
Hongtao is also a winner of the first place award of Design Emphasis of International Woodworking Fair in Atlanta, first place award of Hawaii Woodshow (Novice) , the silver medal at the International Snow Sculpture Competition Quebec, Vermont Studio Center Fellowship Award and Madison Art Commission BLINK grant.