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.
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)
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
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.