Sheng-Wen Lo was born in 1987, Taiwan, currently based in the Netherlands. He is interested in contemporary human-animal relationships, and attempts to spark off debates. He uses still/moving images, sound, video games and various medium. He received his MA in Photography from Kunstakademie St.Joost in the Netherlands, and MSc in Computer Science from the Computer Music Lab at National Taiwan University. Having also been working as a scientist, scientific values and methodologies are crucial to his works.

Sheng is the creative director of Lightbox, a public photo library and a center for contemporary photography at Taipei. During his residency in Europe, he seeks to strengthen the mutual understandings between Taiwanese and the international contemporary photography scene through talks, discussions, writings, and collaborations. Sheng will be an artist in residence at the Rijksakademie during 2019 and 2020 in Amsterdam.

His recent works are shown in EYE Filmmuseum, World Press Photo, BredaPhoto, LhGWR and Fotofestival Naarden in The Netherlands, ICP Museum in New York, FORMAT Photo Festival in UK, Belfast Photo Festival in Northern Ireland, OrganVida Photo Festival in Croatia, and LianZhou Foto Festival in China. He is the winner of portfolio reviews at FORMAT Photo Festival (2017), OrganVida Photo Festival (2016), and Young Art Taipei (2015).

Contact: (workshops, talks, collaboration proposals, collection inquiries are much welcomed)

CV in PDF:  English / 中文     Portfolio in PDF: English


◆   2015 - 2017  |  MA, Photography, AKV | St. Joost, Netherlands

◆   2009 - 2012  |  M.Sc., Computer Science (Computer Music Lab), GIEE, National Taiwan University

◆   2005 - 2009  |  B.Sc., Electrical Engineering, National Taiwan University

◆   2016     Certificate,  Animal Behaviour and Welfare, The University of Edinburgh

◆   2016     Certificate,  Dairy Production and Management, The Pennsylvania State University


◆  2018     Guest Lecturer - World Press Photo

◆  2018     Guest Lecturer - BredaPhoto Festival MasterClass

◆  2016 -   Creative Director - Lightbox (public photo book library & space for contemporary photography)

◆  2015 - |  Commissioned maker (White Bear) - National Geographic Taiwan

◆  2014-2016    Co-founder/Consultant - Avocado Co., Ltd. ( printmaking studio )



2018  BredaPhoto international photo festival, Breda, The Netherlands  (upcoming)

2017  White Bear, Organ Vida International Photo Festival, Greta GalleryZagreb, Croatia

2017  TUNA, Atlas Initiatief AIR #1 Expo, Breda, The Netherlands

2015  White Bear, Wanderer Studio, Taipei

2013   Pedigree Human, (interactive performance/installation), Dajia River Park, Taipei



2018  "Civilization: The Way We Live Now", National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (MMCA), Korea (upcoming)

2018  "Offline Browser", 6th Taiwan International Video Art Exhibition, Hong-Gah Museum, Taipei (20 Oct. - 13 Jan)

2018   Arena - Video and Beyond, Cortona On The Move, Italy (12 July - 30 Sep.)

2018   LhGWR, Den Haag, The Netherlands (8 June - 14 July)

2018   World Press Photo, Amsterdam, The Netherlands & various cities

2018   Debiutas 2018, Lithuanian Photographers Association, Vilnius, Lithuania 

2018  "New Chic", Riga Photomonth, Riga, Latvia

2017  "Really Real", Roodkapje, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

2017   Belfast Photo Festival, Northern Ireland, UK

2017   36 Little Good Things, Cortona On The Move, Cortona, Italy

2017  "Right Here, Right Now", Fotofestival Naarden, The Netherlands

2017  "HABITAT", FORMAT International Photography Festival, Derby, UK 

2017  "Emerging Talents Exhibition", International Center of Photography (ICP), New York, USA

2016  "Yet Another Gaze – A New Horizon for Contemporary Taiwanese Photography"Lianzhou Foto Festival, China 

2016  "Revelations", (Fallout), Organ Vida International Photo Festival, Zagreb, Croatia

2016  9419, short film, w/ Research Lab St.Joost, EYE Filmmuseum, Amsterdam, Netherlands

2015  "REPLAY" (Fallout), video gameplay, photographs, AKV St.Joost, Breda, Netherlands

2014   Des Scripts, photographs, Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris

2011    SDINGUHOTS, video installation, Treasure Hill Artist Village, Taipei

2011    Kaleidoscope, sound & photography installation, National Taiwan University, Taipei

2009  Change (變),  photographs, Fujifilm Gallery, Taipei

2009  Me, Photon, photographs, National Taiwan University, Taipei

Artist in Residencies

2019-2020 | Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten, Amsterdam (upcoming)

2017. Oct | The Arctic Circle - Autumn Expedition, Svalbard, North Pole

2017. May |  Atlas Initiatief AIR, Breda (Project: TUNA, Review: Metropolis M)

2017. Jan |  foundation B.a.d, Rotterdam

Awards and Grants

2018 |  Werkbijdrage Jong Talent (Stipendium Emerging Artists), Mondriaan Fonds, NL 

2018 |  Winner, World Press Photo, Digital Storytelling - Short Form, Amsterdam, NL

2017 |  Winner (FORMAT Award), Portfolio Review, FORMAT Photo Festival, Derby, UK

2017 |  Winner, Photo Feature Award, FORMAT Photo Festival & Chinese Photographers magazine, Derby, UK

2016 |  Winner (Best Portfolio), Portfolio Review, Organ Vida International Photo Festival, Zagreb, Croatia

2016 |  Winner, Emerging Talent Award & Exposure Award, Lensculture

2015 |  Winner, Best Portfolio Award - Portfolio Review, Young Art Taipei

Lectures and Talks

2018  | Panel Talk, BredaPhoto Professional Week, Gallery MotMot, The Netherlands (upcoming 9. Sept.)

2018  | Lecture, World Press Photo, Zwolle, The Netherlands (upcoming)

2018  | Talk, World Press Photo Festival, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

2018  | Guest Lecture, BredaPhoto Festival MasterClass, The Netherlands

2018  | Guest Lecture, Fontys Hogeschool voor de Kunsten (FHK), Tilburg, The Netherlands

2017  | Lecture, Organ Vida International Photo Festival, Zagreb, Croatia

2017  | Lecture, FORMAT Photo Festival, Derby, UK

2016  | Talk, PHOTO TALKS Special Event, Lightbox Photo Library, Taipei, Taiwan

2015  | Talk, PHOTO TALKS #01, Lightbox Photo Library, Taipei, Taiwan

Selected Press & Publications 

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2018  | 今藝術 ARTCO #309: 荷蘭當代攝影 (Dutch Contemporary Photography)  

2018  | Feature Shoot: Interview (Down

2018  | UDN / CTA (當代動物思潮): Interview

2018  | The Reporter (報導者) I Interview

2018  | VICE China: The Creator Project (Down)

2017  | VOP 攝影之聲:《2017 SHOUT特輯》(Fallout)

2017  | World Press Photo/ Witness: Interview (Organ Vida Photo Festival 9th Edition Artist)

2017  | de Volkskrant: (printed & online) Ijsberenblues

2017  | Metropolis M: Atlas Initiatief AIR #1 (TUNA)

2017  | AD Magazine: (printed & online) Interview

2017  | De Morgen:  (printed & online) Waarom ijsberen ijsberen

2017  | SPIEGEL ONLINE: So leben Eisbären in China und Europa

2017  | National Geographic: (printed & online) Picture Stories 

2017  | The Guardian: White Bear: at home with the polars

2017  | Huffington Post: Culture and Arts


2017  | Discussie over dieren in gevangenschap

2017  | It's Nice That: Interview

2017  | Wired: Interview

2017  | MSN: Following the White Bear  

2017  | Quest: (printed) Beren Burcht

2017  | GEO:  (printed) Interview

2017  | Konbini: Interview

2017  | 中國攝影家雜誌(China Photo):(printed) 訪談(FORMAT攝影節特稿獎)

2017  | 色影無忌:訪談

2017  | 農傳媒:當北極熊不再雪白

2015  | 中國時報:白熊計畫展覽專訪 (8月16日)

2015  | 攝影世界雜誌(北京): 訪談 (7月)