Born in Beijing in 1966.
Zhao graduated from the Central Academy of Fine Arts Oil Painting Department, Beijing in 1988. His practices encompass photography, video and performance.
In works inspired by public service information and government propaganda, the artist and his toy panda engage in a sharp, deadpan dialogue. He uses humor and the persona of Pandaman to tackle difficult issues of concern to contemporary society.
Since the 1990s, Zhao has used the panda to symbolize China's one child policy, to produce social and political commentaries on authority and power, and to act as his playful character in a series of odd and comical images. He lives and works in Beijing.