Lei Xu is active/lives in China. Lei Xu is known for painting.
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.
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.