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Zhang Xiaogang

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Zhangxiaogang
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Little navy, 2007 Siebdruck 120 X 80 Cm / 47.2 X 31.5 in © Courtesy of the artist & ArtChina Gallery
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Green Wall series No. 7 , 2008 Etching and Hand Color Plate: 19.5 X 25.9 Cm, Sheet: 27 X 37 Cm © Courtesy of the artist & Beijing Commune
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Bloodline Series, 2000 Oil on Canvas 150 X 190 Cm / 59.1 X 74.8 in © Courtesy of the artist & Triumph Art Space
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My Dear Friends 2 , 2003 Lithograph 18.5 X 15 in / 47 X 38.1 Cm © Courtesy of the artist & Eli Klein Fine Art
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Big Family, 1996 Oil on Linen 57 X 61" © Collection of Vicki and Kent Logan, fractional and promised gift to SFMOMA; photo: courtesy the Logan Collection; © Zhang Xiaogang
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Green wal - Military Uniform, 2008 Oil on Canvas 200 X 300 Cm
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The Book of Amnesia, 2012 Oil on Canvas © Courtesy of the artist & Pace Beijing
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My Mother, 2012 Oil on Canvas © Courtesy of the artist & Pace Beijing
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© Courtesy of the artist & Pace Beijing
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© Courtesy of the artist & Pace Gallery
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Installation view © Courtesy of the artist & Pace Hong Kong
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Girl, 2008 Oil on Canvas 130 X 110 Cm © De Heus-Zomer Collection
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Lost Dreams Series No. 8, 2013 Etching, Aquatint, Dry Point and 2RC Essence Technique on Copper Plate, Printed in 9 Colors 30 X 20 Cm, Paper Size 60 X 50 Cm © Zhang Xiaogang
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Quick Facts
Birthplace
Kunming, China
Birth year
1958
Statement

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.

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