Ken Lum was born in Vancouver, but currently resides in Philadelphia, where he is a professor at the School of Design, University of Pennsylvania. From 2000 to 2006, Lum was head of the graduate program in studio art at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, where he had taught since 1990. He has been an invited professor at the École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris; the Akademie der Bildenden Kunst, Munich; California College of the Arts, San Francisco; and the China Art Academy, Hangzhou.
Lum is co-founder and Founding Editor of Yishu Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art. He has published extensively, and a book of Lum’s writings, edited by Hans Ulrich Obrist, is forthcoming from Walther Koenig Books. Lum was co-curator of the 7th Sharjah Biennial (2005) and Shanghai Modern: 1919–1945, Museum Villa Stuck, Munich (2005). He has exhibited widely, including at the São Paulo Biennial (1998), Shanghai Biennale (2000), documenta 11 (2002), Istanbul Biennial (2007), the Gwangju Biennale (2008), Moscow Biennial (2011), and the Whitney Biennial, New York (2014). A major solo exhibition of Lum’s work, which was hosted by the Vancouver Art Gallery, was organized by Witte de With, Rotterdam, and the Winnipeg Art Gallery in 1990.
Ken Lum is represented by the Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York, and Catriona Jeffries Gallery, Vancouver.