Zhang Ga studied art in China, continued his art education at the Berlin Academy of Arts in Germany (HDK) with a DAAD fellowship and holds an MFA from the Parsons School of Design in the US. He has exhibited in Europe and America in ephemeral domains as well as in tangible spaces; curated exhibitions, organized conferences and digital salons; written on new media art practice; and served on juries for media art grants. In his own art practice he is more interested in the nuances of interpreting neon signs than displaying the currents of electricity.
Zhang Ga lives and works in New York City where he is a professor at the MFA Design and Technology Program at the Parsons School of Design; he also is a visiting lecturer in Computer Graphics and Interactive Media at Pratt Institute. He was nominated for the Rockefeller New Media Arts Fellowship and a recipient of the National Endowment for the Arts Net Art Curatorial Initiative. In 2004, he was the Artistic Director of the First Beijing International New Media Arts Exhibition and Symposium, a two-year-long project he initiated and co-organized with Prof. Lu Xiaobo, vice dean of the Academy of Arts and Design, Tsinghua University.