Born in Changzhou, Jiangsu province. China
Graduated from Nanjing Academy of Arts
Studied Engraving at the Central Academy of Fine Arts


Mi Lou: Recent Works by Hong Lei, Chambers Fine Art, Beijing (solo)
Wu Ming- Forms is Formless, Contrasts Gallery, Shanghai, China
Community of Tastes: Chinese Contemporary Art since 2000, Museu de Arte Contemporânea da Universidade de São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil
Comunidad de gusto. Arte contemporáneo chino desde el 2000, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo, Universidad de Chile, Santiago, Chile
Summer Group Exhibition, Aura Gallery, Beijing, China
Mind Space: Maximalism in Contrasts, Contrasts Gallery, Shanghai, China
Still Life: Chinese Contemporary Photography 2009 Europalia China Photography Exhibition, Three Shadows Photography Centre, Beijing, China
Seasons: Recent Works by Hong Lei, Chambers Fine Art, New York (solo)
Wang Tiande, Hong Lei & Gao Yuan, Mark Wolfe Contemporary Art, San Francisco, CA, USA
Stairway to Heaven: From Chinese Streets to Monuments and Skyscrapers, H&R Block Artspace at Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, MO, USA
Seasons: Recent Works by Hong Lei, Chambers Fine Art, Beijing (solo)
La Escuela Yi: Trenta Años de Arte Abstracto Chino, CaixaForum, Madrid, Spain
Exquisite Corps: China Surreal, m97 Gallery, Shanghai, China
2D and 3D: Negotiating Visual Languages, PKM Gallery, Beijing, China
Stairway to Heaven, Bates College Museum of Arts, Lewiston, ME, USA
Another Lonely Planet Revisited, Chambers Fine Art, Beijing, China
FotoFest 2008, FotoFest Biennial, Houston, TX, USA
Zhù Yi! China actual photography, Institut de Cultura de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain
New Photo-Ten years, Carolina Nitsch, New York, NY USA
55 Days in Valencia: Chinese Art Meeting, IVAM, Valencia Artists in Art History, SZ Art Center, Beijing
Seven Worthies, Today Art Museum, Beijing (solo)
Net: Re-imaginging Space, Time and Culture, Chambers Fine Art, Beijing
Lost: New Works by Hong Lei, Aura Gallery (solo)
Shanghai Still-Life: Photograph by Hong Lei, Chambers Fine Art, New York (solo)
Ain’t Here: Photograph by Hong Lei, Zhu Qizhan Art Museum, Shanghai (solo)
Last Night in My Dream: Hong Lei’s Photographic Works, JianSongGe Gallery, Taipei (solo)
The 6th Gwangju Biennale, Gwangju
"art taipei 2006" taipei
Re ( - ) Viewing the City - Guangzhou Photo Biennial : Guangdong Museum Of Art, China
Regeneration, Arizona State University Art Museum, Tempe, AZ
Young Artists from Korea, China and Japan 2004” National Museum of contemporary Art Korea
Spellbound Aura the new vision of Chinese photography, Taibei
"Intersection" cotemporary oil painting and photography, Chambers Fine Art, NY
Reality Spells-Exhibition of Chinese Conceptual Photography from 90'" Exhibition Galleries, HongKong Central Library
"Between past and future" New Photography and Video from China, The International center of photography and Asia society (ICP) NY
"No Body's Fool, No Body's Hurt" aura gallery, Shanghai
"Traveling in spring" , aura gallery, Shanghai, The 1st. China International Gallery Exposition, Beijing, China
"If you are collector", aura gallery, Shanghai, China
"Illusion", aura gallery, Shanghai, China
New zone --- Chinese art , Warsaw, Poland
3Recontres d' Arles - Arles Photo Festival Arles, France
"Alors, La Chine"-Chinese Contemporary Art Exhibition Paris (Pompidou Centre)
"Form China" - Photographic Art Exhibition Aarhus, Denmark
"The Strange Heaven" - Contemporary Chinese Photography Prague, Czech Republic
Pingyao International Photography Festival Pingyao, China
Hong Lei's Narrative: "An Alternative Beauty" New York (solo)
Chinese Texture of the soul - Hong Lei's Art Exhibition Shanghai/Beijing (solo)
"The Future New Asia" Seoul, South Korea
Pingyao International Photography Festival Pingyao, China
"Dialogue: Beautiful and Tragic" Sino Spanish Photography Exhibition Beijing
inaugural exhibition of the new gallery CAAW, Beijing, China
"wall to wall" - Naarden Photo Festival, Naarden, The Netherlands
Berlin Art Expo, Berlin, Germany
"cross pressures" - contemporary photography from Beijing, Helsinki, Finland
"disorientation" TM-photography and video in China today, New York, NY
"the sun rises in the east" -the current artistic scene in asia
les rencontres d'arles -arles photo festival, Arles, France
"from inside the body" - chinese new photography and video, New York, NY
innovation part I CAAW, Beijing, China
"modern chinese art foundation" inaugural exhibition, Gent, Belgium
love: chinese contemporary photography and video
international arts festival tachikawa 99, Tachikawa, Japan
images telling stories-chinese new concept photography exhibition, Shanghai, China
new image - concept photography, Beijing, China
metaphysical poetry, hong lei's art exhibition, Beijing/ Nanjing, China
art in 90's, Guangzhou Biannual Art Exhibition