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Zhang Xiaogang

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Kunming, China

Birth year


Zhang Xiaogang (張曉剛 / 张晓刚) is a contemporary Chinese symbolist and surrealist painter. He has made a Bloodline series of paintings, which are often monochromatic, stylized portraits of Chinese people, usually with large, dark-pupiled eyes, posed in a stiff manner deliberately reminiscent of family portraits from the 1950s and 60s.

Western painters including Richter, Picasso and Dali are influences. Zhang also cites his discovery of photos of his mother as a young, attractive woman as a key inspiration for the Bloodline series. Zhang Xiaogang belongs to the best-selling contemporary Chinese artists and is a favorite of foreign collectors. On 21 March 2007, his work Bloodline: Three Comrades sold for $2,112,000 at Sotheby's in New York.

Recent Exhibits

Zhang Xiaogang participated in these exhibits:

Apr, 2016 Talking on Paper
Pace Beijing
Feb, 2016 Rising Asia
Zane Bennett Contemporary Art
Jan, 2016 Cut, Etch, Print
Element Art Space
Jun, 2014 Focus Beijing - De Heus-Zomer Collection
Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen
May, 2014 Oil on Paper
Pace Hong Kong
Mar, 2014 Aspects of Self; Portraits of Our Times
Center for the Arts at Virginia Tech
Click here to see all exhibits for Zhang Xiaogang
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