Born in PR China. Lives and works in San Francisco.
2020 Learning * Diamond Sutra , organized by the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Canada (upcoming) (solo)
The Sacred Show, Disjecta Center for Contemporary Art, Portland, Oregon (upcoming) 
The Home Rules, performances/installations organized by Collective Action Studio, San Francisco (upcoming)
2019 In the present Moment, Buddhism and Contemporary Art, organized by the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria and Univerisity of Victoria, Bridish Columbia, Canada
Mindwaves, two-day live performance at the Event (solo).
2017 I Be You Be Me, organized by Justin Hoover for Collective Action Studio, San Francisco
  El Usman Faroqhi Here and a Yonder: On Finding Poise in Disorientation, SAVVY Contempory, Berlin, Germany
  THE WINDING PATH, Whiteconcepts Gallery, Berlin, Germany (solo)
2016 Hidden View, Offenbach, Germany
  The Increasing Presence of Presence in Contemporary Art, University of Cologne, Cologne, Germany (accompanying book)
2015 RCA Secret 2015, Royal College of Art, London, UK
2014 What Do You See With Your Eyes Closed? Six-month Intervention Project with Berkeley Art Museum, Berkeley, USA
2013 All Good Things... (Paul Kos, Allan Kaprow, et al.) SOMArts, San Francisco, USA
  Shamanic Soul Constellations, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, USA
  The Long Conversation (Paul Kos, Tony Labat, Job Rubin, et al.) Southern Exposure, San Francisco, USA (catalogue)
  Performance Studies International Conference 19, Stanford University, California, USA
  Shadow of dust, when the sun blooms. 和光同尘, WiE Kultur, Berlin, Germany
  ENDE, curated by Julia Wirxel, Kunstverein Schwerin, Germany (catalogue)
  Daddy YOU can't make a cactus...this has been done! Grimmuseum, Berlin, Germany
2012 imPOSSIBLE?, Kühlhaus Berlin, Germany
  The Artist is Elsewhere, Zero1 Biennial, Performance Art Institute, San Francisco
  Inward Gazes - Documentaries of Chinese Performance Art 2012, Macao Museum of Art, Macao, China (catalog)
  Positioning Osmotic Impulses, a project of SAVVY Contemporary, Berlin, Germany (catalog)
  Uncanny Home, curated by Julia Wirxel, Corridor, Reykjavik, Iceland
  92YTribeca: Skowhegan Alumni Exhibitions, 92YTRIBECA, New York
  I Am Crime: Art on the Edge of Law, SOMArts, San Francisco
  The Universe Is Built On A Plan... curated by Nicole Loeser, SAVVY Contemporary, Berlin, Germany (catalog)
2011 Getting Territorial, curated by Simone Kraft, 25 Bilder Sekundo, Mannheim, Germany (solo)
  IN YOU IS THE ILLUSION OF THE DAY, curated by Maya Kovskaya, Gallery Latitude 28, New Delhi, India
  Double Screen - Duan Yingmei and Michael Jizhong Zheng,WiE Kultur, Berilin, Germany (solo)
  Conceptualizing the Body - Gaze, Masquerading and Spectacle, Amelie A. Wallace Gallery, SUNY College at Old Westbury, New York
  Keeping An Eye on Surveillance, Performance Art Institute, San Francisco
  The End of the Dream, curated by Nicole Loeser, Mica Moca, Berlin, Germany
  I Just Want to Say Hello, artist residency at Lichtenberg Studios, Berlin, Germany
  I Look to the Sky and Miss the Ceiling, Gallery WHITECONCEPTS, Berlin, Germany (solo)
  Summer of Video Art, Krowswork, Oakland, California
  Nomadic Settlers - Settled Nomads, Kunstraum Kreuzberg / Bethanien, Berlin, Germany (catalog)
  Performing Politics, Performance and discussion organized by Art Practical, Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco
  The End of Failure, Curated by Katrina Lamb, Louis V E.S.P, New York
2010 The Distance Between You And Me (Kim Donaldson, Michael Zheng, Laura Fritz), Worksound Gallery, Portland, Oregon
  Group Stand, uninvited performance at an opening in SFMoMA, San Francisco
  Blocking Robert Rauschenberg For One Day, intervention performance in SFMoMA, San Francisco
  The Profession, Marina Abramovic Institute, commissioned by Steven Wolf Fine Arts, San Francisco (solo)
  Broken Lines (Mike Brodie, Lucinda Devlin, Nan Goldin, Michael Zheng), Curated by Nadia Ismail, Gallery Anna Klinkhammer, Düsseldorf, Germany
  Moves10 - Framing Motion, The Bluecoat, Liverpool, UK
  You see, I paint, the Program Gallery, Warsaw, Poland
2009 Vancouver Biennale, curated by Zheng Shengtian, Vancouver, Canada (catalog)
  Christmas Palm, Freies Museum, Berlin, Germany
  error:%/?/art, Warszawa Gallery and Galeria Beznadziejna, Warsaw, Poland
  The whole place is dark and we see, Wroclaw, Poland
  Cou-Huo, Beijing, China (catalog)
  imPOSSIBLE!, San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery and MISSION 17, San Francisco (catalog)
  Documentaries of Chinese Performance Art, Macao Art Museum, Macao (catalog)
2008 Multiple Realities, F2 Gallery, Beijing (catalog)
We Remember the Sun, Walter and McBean Gallery, San Francisco Art Institute (Director: Hou Hanru)
55 Days of Chinese Art in Valencia, The Instituto Valenciano de Arte Moderno, Spain (catalog)
  Crosscut – Humane slaughter act performance festival, SlaughterHouseSpace, Healdsburg, CA
  The Source, part of the 100 Performances for the Hole, The Garage, San Francisco
2007 Kunstfilmtag, Künstlerverein Malkasten, Düsseldorf, Germany (catalog)
Reincarnation, curated by Zheng Shengtian, Doris McCarthy Gallery at the University of Toronto Scarborough, Canada
Vierwände Kunst (4 Walls Art Festival), Düsseldorf, Germany
Play with Food, public performance at the Ateliers Höherweg e.V., Düsseldorf, Germany
East-West Project, Espace 72, Dison, Verviers , Belgium
2006 Emerge 2006, GenArt, San Francisco, CA
APAture, Kearny Street Workshop, San Francisco, CA
Four on One - four curators each curates Stephanie Syjuco, The Garage Biennale, San Francisco
As the Butterfly Said to Chuang Tzu, Gallery MISSION17, San Francisco, CA (Catalog) (solo)
From Lithuania, Artist Television Access, San Francisco, CA (solo)
Close Calls, Headland Center for the Arts, Sausalito, CA
2005 Art for Sale!, with the '9th Baltic Triennial of International Art', ICA, London
Officially Unofficial: Art from the Baltic Triennial for Sale!, ARTima Gallery, Vilnius, Lithuania (solo)
ISA Black Market Auction, curated by Jon Rubin, Independent School of Art, San Francisco, CA
ERNST Museum, Budapest, Hungary
2005 Portland Museum of Art Biennial, Portland, Maine (catalogue)
CREAM from the Top, Arts Benicia, Benicia, CA
San Francisco Art Institute MFA Show, San Francisco, CA (catalogue)
2004 MAGMA, Tenerife, Spain (catalogue)
Murphy and Cadogan Fellowship Exhibition, juried by Courtney Fink, René de Guzman and Steve Seid, San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery, San Francisco, CA
21st National Juried Exhibition, Berkeley Art Center, curated by Heidi Zukerman Jocobson, CA
Monumental, Southern Exposure, curated by Anne Walsh, San Francisco, CA
Topographies, with the San Francisco Bureau of Urban Secrets, Walter and McBean Gallery, San Francisco Art Institute, CA
“How to go from here…”, Balatonfured, Hungary
Center of Europe, performance at the Geographical Center of Europe, Vilnius, Lithuania
2003 INPORT: International Video-Performance Festival, organized by Gert Hatsukov, Tallinn, Estonia
Stare, performance at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Maine
One Minute Film/Video Festival, Toronto, Canada
2010 - LiVE WORK [Curatorial project space], San Francisco
  Artist For Hire - continual performance project
2003 Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Maine (Nary Ward, Xu Bing)
2000-2005 San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA
MFA, New Genres (Paul Kos, Tony Labat, John Roloff).
1990-2000 Computer Software Designer
2017 Artist in Residence, Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
2012 Nomitated for SECA Award 2013, SFMOMA, San Francisco, CA
2010 Emergency Grant, Foundation for Contemporary Arts, New York
2008 Nominated for Bay Area Now 5, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco
2007 Artist Residency, Ateliers Höherweg e. V., Düsseldorf, Germany
Nominated for SECA Award 2008, SFMOMA, San Francisco, CA
Finalist for Artadia Award, San Francisco, CA
2006 Selected as the No.2 "Best Art Shows of 2005" by Pravda Magazine, Lithuania.
2005 Nominated for SECA Award 2006, SFMOMA, San Francisco, CA
Fellowship / Artists Residency at MacDowell Colony, New Hampshire
Graduated from SFAI with Honor (Featured in the SFAI's publication)
2004 MFA Merit Scholarship, San Francisco Art Institute, CA
Murphy Fellowship, San Francisco Foundation, CA
2003 Fellowship / Artists Residency at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Maine
  Peter Cavagnaro, 'Deity, Demon, and Teacher :: Thoughts on an Intervention with Michael Zheng', Berkeley Art Museum blog, 2014
Jennifer Barrett, 'Museums and the Public Sphere', page 156, Wiley Blackwell, 2012
Anna Pulley, 'Making Out in Public: A Guerrilla Performance', The BayCitizen, March 30, 2011
Reyhan Harmanci, 'Performance Art Finds New Audiences', The BayCitizen, June 21, 2010
Hou Hanru, Michael Zheng, ‘Objectivity, Absurdity, and Social Critique: A Conversation with Hou Hanru’, Yishu Magazine, September/October, 2009
Reyhan Harmanci, “'imPOSSIBLE!' shows young Chinese Artists”, San Francisco Chronicle Visual Arts Pick, Febueary 12, 2009
Urllike Merten, “Die Szene bebt!”, NRZ, September 5, Germany
Pamela Broszat, “Kreativer Humus”, NRZ, September 10, Germany
Von Marie Fleischhauer, “ Düsseldorfer Kunst aus dem Off”, Rheinische Post, September 6, Germany
Reyhan Harmanci, "The Caretakers: 'Four on One'", San Francisco Chronicle, August 10, 2006
Michael Leaverton, "Curator Vs. Curator", SF Weekly, August 1, 2006
Clark Buckner, "The Artist, the Sage, and the Butterfly", catalog essay for exhibition “As the Butterfly Said to Chuang Tzu” at Mission 17, (also presented at the conference “Visual Intelligence and the Sense of Art” at Cal State Stanislaus and Mills College, Oakland), 2006
Scott Oliver, “Michael Zheng at Mission 17“, Shotgun Review, June 27, 2006
Colin Berry, “Michael Zheng at Mission 17“, Artweek, September, 2006
Terri Cohn, “Michael Zheng at Mission 17“, Sculpture, March, 2007
Colin Berry, Artweek, p.13-14, October 2005
Jolanta Proskute, Lietuvos Zinios , p.14, September 30, 2005, Lithuania
Milda Kuizinaite, Lietuvos Rytas, Sostine p.8, September 29, 2005, Lithuania
Maggie Knowles , “Home Videos – The 2005 Biennial”, The Portland Phoenix, Issue April 8 – 14, 2005.
Lucy Martin, “Michael Zheng's Banners", Inside San Francisco Art Institute, May 27, 2005 Vol. 1 No. 4.
Yin-Ju Chen, Artists Magazine, June, 2005, Taiwan
  Juror, Social Art Award, Berlin, Germany, 2017
Juror (with Julie Lazar), Embark Gallery, 2015
Guest lectuer, San Francisco Art Institute, 2015
Juror, Diego Rivera Gallery year round submission, San Francisco Art Institute, 2010 
Guest lecturer, California College of Art, 2010
Juror, ANTI/SOCIAL, MISSION 17's Third Annual Juried Exhibition, with Clark Buckner, Cheryl Meeker, and Elaine Santos, 2006
Panelist, “China's Next Generation”, with Orville Schell (Dean of School of Journalism/UC Berkeley), Michael Zhao, and Xiao Qiang, moderated by Scott Shafer, Commonwealth Club, broadcast on NPR on September 23, San Francisco, 2005
Guest lecturer, San Francisco Art Institute, 2005

  Macao Art Museum