Xia Zou was born in Wuhan, China, and spent the greater portion of her formative years adapting to life as a “serial” immigrant. (She has lived in China, Canada, the United States, and Italy.) Long fascinated by the meditative practice of “being/becoming/pretending,” her works often play with notions of identity and process, and asks: Who gets to say who we are? What holds us back? What pushes us forward?
She currently lives and works in the San Francisco Bay Area, California, where she is working on a large portrait series, "Mixed-Up.” She received her B.A. from U.C.L.A. and has shown in San Francisco at the “About Face” exhibition, and regularly participates at MAPP (Mission Art Performance Project, a community art’s based project in San Francisco).