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Xuebing Zhao
updated: 01/15/2013
 
 
   
 
 
     
 
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Butterflies
Pass By - Migration
Pass By - Sichuan Earthquake
Pass By - Eagle
Pass By - Crime
Pass By - The Dead Soldier
Circle Drawing No. 1
Reed No1
Reed No.1 (detail)
140 Warriors Or More
140 Warriors Or More (detail)
Red Reed
Black Reed A
The Supermarket of Warriors
The Supermarket of Warriors (detail)
 
Portfolio Keywords:  animals, dreams, figurative, historical, meditative, memory, nature, narrative, fantasy, surreal
 
 
Butterflies by Xuebing Zhao
Butterflies
ink and oil on canvas
2009
84" x  104" 
Pass By - Migration by Xuebing Zhao
Pass By - Migration
ink on paper
2008
18" x  24 1/2" 
Pass By - Sichuan Earthquake by Xuebing Zhao
Pass By - Sichuan Earthquake
ink on paper
2008
18" x  24 1/2" 
Pass By - Eagle by Xuebing Zhao
Pass By - Eagle
ink on paper
2008
18" x  24 1/2" 
Pass By - Crime by Xuebing Zhao
Pass By - Crime
ink on paper
2008
18" x  24 1/2" 
Pass By - The Dead Soldier by Xuebing Zhao
Pass By - The Dead Soldier
ink on paper
2008
18 " x  24 1/2 " 
Circle Drawing No. 1 by Xuebing Zhao
Circle Drawing No. 1
ink on paper
2009
18 " x  24 1/2 " 
Reed No1 by Xuebing Zhao
Reed No1
ink on canvas
2006
23 1/2" x  23 1/2" 
Reed No.1 (detail) by Xuebing Zhao
Reed No.1 (detail)
ink on canvas
2006
23 1/2" x  23 1/2" 
140 Warriors Or More by Xuebing Zhao
140 Warriors Or More
ink on canvas
2006
39 3/8 " x  39 3/8 " 
140 Warriors Or More (detail) by Xuebing Zhao
140 Warriors Or More (detail)
ink on canvas
2005
39 3/8" x  39 3/8" 
Red Reed by Xuebing Zhao
Red Reed
ink on canvas
2006
47 1/4" x  47 1/4" 
Black Reed A by Xuebing Zhao
Black Reed A
ink on canvas
2007
47 1/4" x  47 1/4" 
The Supermarket of Warriors by Xuebing Zhao
The Supermarket of Warriors
oil on canvas
2006
47 1/4" x  47 1/4" 
The Supermarket of Warriors (detail) by Xuebing Zhao
The Supermarket of Warriors (detail)
oil on canvas
2006
47 1/4" x  47 1/4" 

Artist Statement

I draw motives that I am the most familiar with or attracted to, armoured warriors, plants, imaginary animals, fabrics, etc. I’ve been drawing since I was a kid, inspired by the heroes of Chinese historical novels, such as Outlaws of the Marsh or the Three Kingdoms... Also by Chinese traditional ink on paper, which I trained in for many years, although the medium I now use derives rather from my graphic design background. 

I draw with a very thin ink pen, directly on paper or canvas, without any preliminary sketch. I like pure lines and the relationship they have together. Lines can have freedom and energy, and at the same time require thought and composition. Be they drawings or oil paintings, my works are flat, with no shadows or perspective, and stem from my imagination. They can seem abstract from a distance, but are extremely figurative and detailed. You need to come close, enter the work and take your time. I like the final composition of the work as much as I enjoy the act of drawing itself.  

In my “Pass By” series, warriors appear in various settings – such as the recent Sichuan earthquake, a battle during WWI, a crime scene etc - either participating in the action, or seemingly telling us a story. The drawings juxtapose timeless motives from my imagination with scenes of real life, often inspired by photos.

Artist Bio / CV

Chinese, born in Beijing in 1967. 

Solo Exhibitions:
2012, "Path in the Woods", Tomio Koyama Gallery, Singapore
2011, "Central Park", Shanghai Gallery of Art, Shanghai, China
2007, “Zhao Xuebing - Dessins et Derives”, Premier Regard, Paris (juried exhibition)
2004, “Zhao Xuebing – Landscapes”, Espace Lhomond, Paris (with catalogue)   

Group Exhibitions: 
2012, "Above the Horizon", Shanghai Gallery of Art, Shanghai, China
2008, accepted in the Flat Files program of Pierogi Gallery, NYC
2006, Salon de Montrouge, Montrouge, France (juried exhibition)
2005, Senlis Biennale of Contemporary Art, Senlis, France
2004, « La Chine à Saint-Remy », Saint-Rémy de Provence, France
2004, « La Chine hors des sentiers battus », MK2 Bibliotheque, Paris  

Education :
After studying Chinese traditional painting at the Beijing Institute of Painting and Calligraphy (1986-88) and graphic design at the Central Academy of Applied Arts (1988-89), Zhao Xuebing graduated in graphic design from the Professional University of Beijing in 1993. 

In 2002, Zhao Xuebing moved to Paris where he lived for 5 years, before living in New York for 2 years. In 2010, he moved to Shanghai where he lives and works today.

Email: xuebingzhao@yahoo.com