Cheng Xinhao was born in Yunnan(China) in 1985. He received his PhD on Chemistry from Peking University in 2013. He is working as an artist in Yunnan now. His works investigate on the issues in the modernization of China as well as the production of knowledge in the contemporary society.
His works were shortlisted in Author Book Award Arles (2017), Aperture First Photobook Award (2016), Three Shadows Photography Award (2015) and won Shiseido Photography Award (2015). His work "The Naming of a River" was published in 2016 and "Time from Different Sources: Images from Ciman Village" was published in 2017 by Jiazazhi Press.