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Xi Zhang

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Dung Beetle II, 2017
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MLGS03E99 Umbrella, 2017 Oil On Canvas 60 X 72 Inches © xi zhang
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Job's legacy 2017, 2017 Acrylic On Canvas 58 X 72 Inches © xi zhang
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MLGS03E88 Ocean bank, 2017 Acrylic On Canvas 60 X 72 Inches © xi zhang
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MLGS03E18 Paper Boat, 2016 Acrylic On Canvas 42 X 50.325" © Xi Zhang
20160216052510-57b276848be7b9e01782d66b65b00ac6
MLGS03E23 Unleash, 2016 Acrylic On Canvas 60 X 72 Inches © Xi Zhang
20170517043527-b664e0e0035d209941df4369cf486cb9
MLGS03E79 Dung Beetle, 2017 Acrylic On Canvas 58 X 72 Inches © xi zhang
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MLGS03E81 Dung Beetles, 2017 Acrylic On Canvas 58 X 72 Inches © xi zhang
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MLGS03E54 Wood Horse, 2016 Acrylic On Canvas 60 X 72 Inches
20170517043529-ecc6d0a528e3b473798616991ec77bd6
MLGS03E94 Paper Boat III, 2017 Acrylic On Canvas 60 X 72 Inches © xi zhang
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MLGS03E66 Bridge, 2016 Acrylic On Canvas 58 X 72 Inches
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MLGS03E28 The Sign, 2016 Acrylic On Canvas 36 X 48 Inches © Xi Zhang
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MLGS03E10 Sandy and Bob, 2015 Acrylic On Canvas 58 X 72" © Xi Zhang
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MLGS03E35 White Bed, 2016 Acrylic On Canvas 36 X 48 Inches © Xi Zhang
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MLGS03E12 Home, 2015 Acrylic On Canvas 36 X 72 Inches © Xi Zhang
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MLGS03E08 Room, 2015 Acrylic On Canvas 36 X 72" © Xi Zhang Art Studio
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MLGS03E41 Three Shoes, 2016 Acrylic On Canvas 65 X 48"
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MLGS03E85 The Wall, 2017 Acrylic On Canvas 60 X 72 Inches © xi zhang
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MLGS03E84 Rain Dance, 2017 Acrylic On Canvas 60 X 72 Inches © xi zhang
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Still Life, 2015 Acrylic On Canvas 72 X 58" © Xi Zhang
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Xi Zhang, 2015 Acrylic On Canvas 44 X 46"
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MLGS01E20 Adam and Eve's Simulacrum and Simulation, 2015 Acrylic On Canvas 58 X 72" © Xi Zhang
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MLGS01E07 The Mountain Man / Bob, 2015 Acrylic On Canvas 58 X 72" © Xi Zhang
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MLGS03E65 Matches, 2016 Acrylic On Canvas 60 X 72 Inches © xi zhang
20151021063624-81d413235f84b7859d2247be65312c47
ConS01E03, 2012 Acrylic On Canvas 31.5 X 39.4" © Xi Zhang
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CONS02Pre1, 2013 Acrylic On Canvas 18 X 18" © Xi Zhang
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No One's Wonderland / Form is Emptiness, 2011 Acrylic On Canvas 72 X 240 Inches © xi zhang
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Quick Facts
Birthplace
China
Lives in
United States and China
Works in
Assistant Professor of Painting and Drawing, College of Fine Arts, University of Utah
Schools
北京工艺美校 / Beijing Art School of Art + Design, 2003, BA
Rocky Mountain College of Art + Deisgn, 2008, BFA
University of Colorado, Boulder
Representing galleries
Statement

Xi Zhang’s paintings manifest the psychological weight experienced in moments of turmoil and tribulations. In his oneiric narratives, melancholia is a familiar companion – overbearing landscapes and foreboding atmospheres suppress his lonely protagonists, obscuring the delineation of fantasy and reality. Conflating the styles of the East and the West, Zhang’s luscious brushstrokes recall water-colored mountains of antique Chinese scrolls, but also the staining of the Abstract Expressionists such as Helen Frankenthaler. It is upon Zhang’s cathartic vistas that such polarities congeal.

Born in 1984 in Kaifeng, China, Xi Zhang completed his studies in painting at China’s Beijing Institute of Art and Design. He moved to the United States to further his artistic training at Denver, Colorado’s Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in painting from RMCAD in 2008, and that same year was recognized by then Denver Post art critic Kyle MacMillan as the “Emerging Artist of the Year” for his “well developed, surprisingly mature vision.” Zhang continued from there with his masters studies in painting at the University of Colorado, Boulder, receiving his MFA from the institution in 2011.

Zhang’s work had notable shows including Song Zhuang Multimedia Art Exhibition at Song Zhuang Art Museum in Beijing (2006), URRA in Argentina (Buenos Aires 2012), Ornaments at White House (2012), and Biennale of America in U.S. (2013). His work was featured on media as CNN (2011), Art ltd Magazine(2012), PBS (2013), NPR (2013), and Juxtapoz Magazine (2014). Zhang also was awarded Emerging Artist of Year (2008), The Pathmaker (2011), Top twelve artists under age 35 (2012), The Catherine Doctorow Prize in Contemporary painting (Nominated 2015), The John Moores Painting Prize (China, Finalist 2016), and Gold Award Winner in painting from Art Forward Contest (2016).

Zhang is represented by PLUS Contemporary Fine Arts Gallery in Denver and Marc Straus Gallery In New York.