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Lived/Active: China      Known for: realist, surrealist portrait and figure painting

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BIOGRAPHY for Xiaogang Zhang
1958 (Kunming, Yunnan province, China)

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realist, surrealist portrait and figure painting

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Zhang Xiaogang (1958-)

Born in Kunming, Yunnan province, he lives and works in Beijing.

Inspired by family photographs from the Cultural Revolution period, as well as the European tradition of Surrealism, Zhang's paintings explore the notion of personal identity in a culture of collectivism.  Often painted in black and white with splotches of color, his subjects are nameless and timeless, with elements of exaggerated animation and stoic expressions. 

Selected solo Exhibitions:
2000  Max Protetch Gallery, New York
1999  Galerie de France, Paris
1989  Sichuan Academy of Fine Arts, Chongqing

Selected Group Exhibitions:
2002-03  1st Guangzhou Triennale, Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou

2002  Chinese Modernity, Armandao Alvares Penteado Foundation, Sao Paulo
Image is Power,He Xiangning Art Museum,Shenzhen
Paris-Pekin, Espace Cardin,Paris
CHINaRT Museum Kuppersmuhle,Duisburg

2001  The Initial Image: Contemporary Art on Paper, Yibo Gallery, Shanghai
Hot Pot, Kunstnemes Hus, Oslo
Towards a New Image, 20 Years of Contemporary Chinese Painting, National Gallery, Beijing,then Shanghai Art Museum, Sichuan Province Art Museum, Chengdu and Art Museum of Guangdong Province, Guangzhou
Passe-murailles, Musee de Picardie, Amiens
Rouges, Galerie Loft, Paris
C’est Moi, C’est Nous, Galerie de France, Paris

2000  Portraits de Chine Contemporaine, Espace Culturel F. Mitterand, Perigueux
Futuro, Contemporary Art Centre of Macau
Kwangju Biennial, Kwangju, Korea
The Dutch Gasunie, Groningen, Holland
The Chengdu Movement, Canvas International Art, Amsterdam

1998-2000  Inside Out, Asia Society, New York, MoMA San Francisco, Seattle, Monterey

1997-98  8+8-1, Selected Paintings by 15 Contemporary Artists, Schoeni Gallery, Hong Kong
Avant Garde Chinese Artists, Soobin Gallery, Singapore
China Now, Kulturprojekte, Basel
Faces and Bodies of the Middle Kingdom, Chinese Art of the Nineties, Gallery Rudolfinum, Prague
Awarded Coutts Art Foundation Award

1996-97  CHINA! Kunstmuseum, Bonn, traveled to Vienna, Singapore, Copenhagen and Warsaw
4 Points de Rencontre: Chine 1996, Galerie de France, Paris

1996  Asia Pacific Triennial, Australia
Reckoning with the Past, Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh

1995  46th Venice Biennale, Venice
Avant Gardes Artistiques Xineses, Centre d’Art Santa Monica, Barcelona

1994 22nd International Biennial of Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo, Brazil

1993  New Art from China: Post-1989, Marlborough Gallery, London
Chinese Fine Art in the 1990s: Experiences of China, Chengdu
Mao Goes Pop, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney

1992  Guangzhou Biannual, Guangzhou

1991  I Don’t Want to Play Cards with Cezanne, Asia Pacific Art Museum, California

1989  China Avant Garde, China National Gallery, Beijing

Sources include:
Saatchi Gallery

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