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Xi Zhang

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20180121194340-1_the_remains__acrylic_and_oil_on_canvas__60_x_72_inches__2017
The Remains, 2017 Acrylic And Oil On Canvas 60 X 72 Inches © Xi Zhang
20180121194343-12_toy_story__acrylic_on_canvas__36_x_48_inches__2017
Toy Story, 2017 Acrylic On Canvas 36 X 48 Inches © Xi Zhang
20180121194342-5_christina_s_world_2018__acrylic_on_canvas__72_x_108_inches__2017
Christina's World 2018, 2017 Acrylic On Canvas 72 X 108 Inches © Xi Zhang
20180121194341-2_job_s_legacy_part_iii__acrylic_on_canvas__60_x_72_inches__2017
Job's legacy Part III, 2017 Acrylic On Canvas 60 X 72 Inches © Xi Zhang
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MLGS05E05 The Sunday Dusk, 2017 Acrylic On Canvas 60 X 72 Inches © Xi Zhang
20180121194344-10_the_catcher_in_the_rye__acrylic_on_canvas__72_x_36_inches__2017
The Catcher in the Rye, 2017 Acrylic On Canvas 72 X 36 Inches © Xi Zhang
20180121194342-4_limbo__acrylic_on_canvas__58_x_72_inches__2017
Limbo, 2017 Acrylic On Canvas 58 X 72 Inches
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Purgatory Chapter VIIII: A Lost Paradise, 2017 Acrylic On Canvas 36 X 48 Inches © Xi Zhang
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Purple Rain, 2017 Acrylic On Canvas 72 X 60 Inches © Xi Zhang
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Purgatory Chapter VII: Dolls, 2017 Oil On Canvas 72 X 58 Inches © Xi Zhang
20180121194343-8_candles__acrylic_on_canvas__58_x_72_inches__2017
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Dung Beetle II, 2017
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Job's legacy 2017, 2017 Acrylic On Canvas 58 X 72 Inches © xi zhang
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MLGS03E66 Bridge, 2016 Acrylic On Canvas 58 X 72 Inches
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MLGS03E23 Unleash, 2016 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
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MLGS03E35 White Bed, 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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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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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
20151021063709-fb982fb5bc1c1d53a9fe02c07af33c18
CONS02Pre1, 2013 Acrylic On Canvas 18 X 18" © Xi Zhang
20170712223806-3625ebccb6b03428a0ce8cb138b3ec45
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
University of Colorado, Boulder
Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design
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.

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