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 Lei Xu  (1963 - )

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Lived/Active: China      Known for: painting

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1963 (Nantong, Jiangsu Province)
 
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China

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Biography from Christie's Hong Kong:
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Xu Lei was born in Nantong, Jiangsu Province in 1963.  He was trained at the Nanjing Art Academy and became a resident painter at the Jiangsu Institute of Chinese Painting upon graduation.  Xu was an active participant in the New Wave movement and his work was exhibited in the China/Avant-Garde Exhibition in Beijing in 1989.

Xu's choice of colour palette strikes viewers in their first impression.  With refined and restrained gongbi technique, Xu portrays his subject, often animals, in a realistic manner, set against mysterious backdrops such as water, curtain and screen.  He constructs a fantastical spatial dimension that gives a domestic and estranged context, alluring viewers to imagine the relationship between the subject and its surrounding.

For Xu what appeals to him is "how to make a game out of cerebral, rhetorical relations among pictorial figures".  This treatment reminds viewers the works by surrealist painters where the seen and unseen are equally intriguing to one's eye.

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