Cai Guo-Qiang is a contemporary Chinese artist based in New York. His work tends towards epic proportions and often includes gunpowder drawings and performances. His practice poses questions around Chinese identity and contemporary social issues to create artworks in a diverse range of media, including drawing, installation, video and performance art. His latest work is included in a group show Longing for Perfection, 21 Years of Collecting by the Kröller-Müller Museum, Kröller in The Netherlands, and Cai Guo-Qiang: Sky Ladder at Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. He was awarded the Golden Lion at the 48th Venice Biennale in 1999 and curated the first China Pavilion at the 51st Venice Biennale in 2005, he was also the Director of Visual and Special Effects for the opening ceremony at the Beijing Olympic Games in 2008. In the same year he had a solo exhibition entitled I Want to believe at the Guggenheim Museum’s in New York and Bilbao.