Zhang Xiaogang: A Contemporary Chinese Symbolist

From CCTV.com:

Zhang Xiaogang is a contemporary Chinese symbolist and surrealist painter. He joined a group of young avant-garde who came to international prominence during the 1980s.

Zhang was a joint founder of the “Current of Life painters” Some of his early paintings looked back to the traditional roots of rural Chinese culture to explore human values.

The cover of the 2007 book, “A History of in Twentieth Century China” is one of the “Big Family” series by .

Almost every morning, Zhang Xiaogang goes from his home to his studio near Beijing Airport. In recent years, the evolution of the Chinese art market, has brought more and more artists from all around China to encamp here in northeast Beijing. For Zhang Xiaogang, his decision to settle here speaks to his inner determination to be a professional painter.

Huang Zhuan, an art critic, said, “In a big family, he had to learn how to shut himself up in a secret small cell. His paintings give room for viewers to fill in their own experience. He just made the story his mode. Based on understanding, the viewer can find his own story.”

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