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Lei Xu

 (born 1963)
Lei Xu is active/lives in China.  Lei Xu is known for painting.

Lei Xu

Biography from Christie's Hong Kong

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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About  Lei Xu

Born:  1963 - Nantong, Jiangsu Province
Known for:  painting