James Kao is a Chicago-based artist who makes paintings and drawings. Selected one-person exhibitions include Do it cuz you love it, China Projects, San Francisco, CA; Possible Worlds, Toomey Tourell Fine Art, San Francisco, CA; Domestics, Adds Donna, Chicago, IL; Ways of Worldmaking, Lloyd Dobler Gallery, Chicago, IL, and Starlight, boundary, Chicago, IL.

He has attended various artist residencies including: Marina Abramovic Institute-West, San Francisco, CA; White Mountain National Forest Artist in Residence, Center Sandwich, NH; Catwalk Institute, Catwalk, NY; The Alfred and Trafford Klots International Program for Artists, Lehon, France; and Trélex Residency, Trélex, Switzerland.

He is co-founder and co-director of 4th Ward Project Space in Chicago, IL.

James Kao holds a B.A. in Philosophy from the University of Chicago and B.F.A. and M.F.A. degrees from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He has taught courses in painting and drawing at Indiana University Northwest, Dominican University, Ox-Bow School of Art, and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He is Assistant Professor of Art at Aurora University in Aurora, IL.