Kejia Wu is a faculty member at Sotheby’s Institute of Art in New York and an adjunct faculty member at Claremont Graduate University. She is a columnist for The Financial Times Chinese, the author of TEFAF Art Market Report 2019: the Chinese Art Market, and a co-author of the Global Art Import and Export Tax Report commissioned by the China Association of Auctioneers and the Chinese Ministry of Culture. In 2019, she was presented the Asia Art Pioneers Award by ArtReview Asia, LEAP, and The Art Newspaper China Edition.
Before joining Sotheby’s Institute, she oversaw Asia projects and strategies at Sotheby’s in the Office of the CEO while based in New York. Prior to Sotheby’s, Wu worked in Asia for more than a decade advising various art organizations on projects including the British Museum, the Victoria and Albert Museum, the first Gerhard Richter retrospective at the National Art Museum of China, the Chinese Pavilion at the 53rd Venice Biennale, Art Dubai, and ArtSingapore. She is co-founder of the East Modern Art Center (EMAC), the first nonprofit contemporary art center in Beijing, and is in charge of its contemporary art programs and operations. The art performance created at EMAC, Dancing with Farmers, was featured at the Chinese Pavilion of the 56th Venice Biennial in 2015.
Wu is a graduate of Yale University and Renmin University. She is a trustee of the New York Studio School of Drawing, Painting and Sculpture (NYSS), as well as a board member of the nonprofit organization Elimu Strive. Wu has lectured and spoken at numerous institutions including Columbia University, NYU Shanghai, Tsinghua University, NYSS, TEFAF, UCCA, and the City University of Hong Kong. She was named by the Financial Times Chinese as a spokesperson for its “Ten Year Ten People” Anniversary Campaign in China in 2015.