Song Dong was born in 1966 in Beijing, China. He graduated from the Fine Arts Department of Capital Normal University in 1989. He currently lives and works in Beijing.
He started his artistic career in the early 1990s, and he also organized contemporary art exhibitions and events. His work reveals the impermanence and the transience of human endeavor, ranging from performance and video to photography, theater, and sculpture. Song explores the intricate connection between life and art with the light of an Eastern wisdom.
Song has presented his solo shows at the Museum of Modern Art New York, the Vancouver Art Gallery, and the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. He has participated in numerous international exhibitions, including Documenta, the Venice Biennale, the Sao Paolo Biennale, the Gwangju Biennale, the Istanbul Biennale, the Liverpool Biennial, the Asia-Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art, the Guangzhou Triennial, the Taipei Biennale, the Moscow Biennale, and the Worldwide Video Festival. His most important works include Water Diary, Breathing, Stamping the Water, Touching My Father, Broken Mirror, Crumpling Shanghai, Eating the City, Waste Not, and Intelligence of the Poor.
In 2014, Song Dong won the Outstanding Achievement Award at the Contemporary Chinese Art Awards. In 2012, he was named the Power 100 of Chinese Contemporary Art: Artist of the Year and he received the First Kiev International Biennale Award. In 2011, he received the San Francisco Certificate of Honor. In 2010, he was named Artist of the Year (Video and Installation) at the Artron Art China (AAC) Awards). In 2006, he received the Grand Award at the Gwangju Biennale, and in 2000, he was also recognized as an UNESCO / ASCHBERG Bursary Laureate.