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 and Ways of Worldmaking, Lloyd Dobler Gallery, Chicago, IL. His work has been reviewed in the Boston Globe, atLength Magazine, Time Out Chicago, Chicago Reader, and Chicago Sun-Times.

In 2010 he was the pioneer painter Artist in Residence at the Marina Abramovic Institute-West in San Francisco, and in the summer of 2011, he was named the first White Mountain National Forest Artist in Residence, Center Sandwich, NH. He has given visiting artist lectures at several schools and art institutions including Knox College, Whittier College, Northern Illinois University, and the Museum of the Art Institute of Chicago.

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, Ox-Bow School of Art, and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He is currently Assistant Professor of Art at Aurora University, in Aurora, IL.