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Zhang Xiaotao

Zhang Xiaotao

The terms "Chinese art" and "sexually explicit" don't often go together, but in the case of painter Zhang Xiao Tao, the two elements combine to form works that are at once subtle and explosive....Zhang, who was born in 1970, belongs to a generation of Chinese artists that has been able to exercise comparative freedom of expression but the freedom hasn't made him complacent. Though his work might at first seem dominated by an effusion of color and pattern, it rapidly becomes clear that its decorative elements are there to enhance the power of the work's bawdiness and its political subtext. It's rare to find work that combines conceptual and political features so successfully; the delicate irony of Zhang's work makes for an impressive debut.

                                                                                     by Sarah Coleman from SAN FRANCISCO BAY GUARDIAN

                                                                                                                                                                        August 9th, 2000

Zhang Xiaotao has said, “trans-medium and trans-discipline are working approaches and experimental attitude. Every worker, not only the artist, should have a basic appeal to go beyond the limitation of a single subject. It is a way to communication and blend.” Of course, as a form of man’s spirit, art, which is experimental in nature, is different from metaphysics and religion. Metaphysics focuses on the conceptual and systematical summary of experiences of human life, and religion focuses on the confident practices of human original faith. Both the establishing and advancing of an artist’s original images should be the results of experiments on his own initiative.

                                                                                     by Zhang Chanping from his "The Self-Deification of Artists"

                                                                                                                                                                             June 12th, 2010


Zhang Xiaotao is an art professor and he slips easily into academic lingo, with learned references to semiotics, cultural self-colonisation, cognitive structures and ontological language. He consciously echoes illustrations from classic books and uses the colours of traditional Chinese porcelain and jade, as if to underscore how far Chinese civilization has fallen.

Zhang Xiaotao's at work.

Zhang Xiaotao's at work.

Biography of Zhang Xiaotao     

1970 Born in Hechuan, Chongqing, China

1996 Graduated from the Oil Painting Department of Sichuan Fine Arts Institute

1996-2009 Teacher in the Southwest Jiaotong University, Chengdu

2010 Teacher in the New Media Department of Sichuan Fine Arts Institute

 Now he lives and Works in Beijing and Chongqing

Solo Exhibitions

2011 Sakya , White box museum of art, Beijing,China

2010 Epidemiology,Guangdong Museum of Art,Guangzhou,China

2008 Microscopic Narration ,Iberia Center for Contemporary Art ,Beijing ,China

2007 Rebirth, Arthur M.Sackler Museum of Art and Archaeology at Peking University, Beijing, China

                Desires without Limits, Dolores de Sierra Galería de Arte, Madrid, Spain

2006 Beautiful Imbroglio, He Xiangning Art Museum Shenzhen, China

2005 Dreamscapes, Foundation 3.14 Bergen, Norway

     Dream Factory•Rubbish Heap, Tokyo Gallery, Japan

    Dreamscapes, M.K.Ciulionis Nat. Museum of Art, Kaunas, Lithuania

2004 Dream Factory﹒Rubbish Heap, Beijing Tokyo Art Projects, China

2003 Materialistic Decay, Akie Aricchi Art Contemporary Gallery, Paris, France

2002 Desire, Kunst Akademie Muenster, Germany

2001 Flowers in the Dream, Tokyo Gallery, Japan

2000 Fabricated Images, Pacific Bridge Gallery, Oakland, U.S.A.

Group Exhibitions

2011 Expression of Chinese Contemporary Art, Today Art Museum,Beijing,China

    Unable Absence: You should not miss it, Wenxuan Art Museum, Chengdu, China

    Chengdu Biennale, Chengdu Contemporary Art Museum, Chengdu, China

    World Printed Art Exhibition, Haeinsa Temple, Seoul, Korean

    Shanshui -Landscape Tradition and Landscape in Chinese Contemporary Art,

     Berne Art Museum, Switzerland

    Imagine Australia, New Age: Australia-China International New Media Arts Exhibition,

    QUT Art Museum,Australia

    Games,White Box Museum of Art, Beijing, China

    Relationship: New Chinese Construction Art, Museum of Art for the XXI Century, Rome, Italy

2010 "The Material and the Code: Disciplinary Crossings of Cinema Studies and New Media,"

     Chicago University, Chicago, USA

    Beijing Time, Santiago de Compostela, Santiago, Spain

    Reshaping History, China art from 20000 to 2009, China National Convention Center, Beijing, china

    Vision2: The Future That Encompasses the past -- An Art Exchange Program Between

   China and Taiwan, Tina Keng Gallery, Taibei, China

   Heart -the forefront of contemporary architecture in China Exhibition,

   Vitra Design Museum, Weimar, Germany

   “Digital Asia”, Xian Fine art Institute, Xian, China

   Arena: A Post Boom Beijing, Hazelhurst Regional Gallery & Arts Centre, Australia

   “Flower of Chaos”, Veneto Video art Archive, Verona, Italy

   The big bang ,White Rabbit Museum, Sydney, Australia

   “Pure Views: China New paintings”, The Louise Blouin Foundation, London,British

   Nanjing Biennial, Jiangsu Province New Art Museum, Nanjing, China

2009 Beijing Time, Casa Asia Matadero Madrid, Madrid, Spain

   Heart - the forefront of contemporary architecture in China Exhibition,

   CIVA, Brussels, Belgium

   CIFF,RCM ART MUSEUM, Nanjing, China

   Chongqing Youth Art Biennial, Chongqing, China

   Ink Not Ink,Drexel University Art Museum,Philadelphia, USA

   This Ability- International New Media Art Exhibition & Symposium

   CAFA Art Museum, Beijing, China

   The first Youth Art Biennial in Chongqing, Chongqing International

   Convention and Exhibition Center, Chongqing, China

   Sino-German Contemporary Art Exhibition, Wuhan Museum, Wuhan, China

   Beyond globalization, Beyond. Art. Space, Beijing,China

   Third Asian Youth Animation Competition, International Conference Center

   in Guizhou Province, Guiyang, China

   The fourth Independent Film Exhibition, Li Xianting Film Fund, Beijing, China

   White rabbit collection from Chinese contemporary art,White Rabbit Museum, Sydney, Australia

   13th session of the Microwave International New Media Arts Festival, Hong Kong Heritage Discovery Museum, Hong Kong, China

   "China's Digital Art Exhibition", Kuala Lumpur International Trade Center, Malaysia

   On love? On War? Stux Gallery, New York, United States

   China: the contemporary rebirth, Palazzo Reale Museum, Milan, Italy

   Warm Winter ,Sunny, 008, Jiangfu art district ,Beijing ,china

2008 “55 Days in Valencia”, Valencia Museum of Modern Art, Valencia, Spain

   Transgressive Body, TAPE BERLIN, Berlin, Germany

   Time-Lag, the New Power of Chinese Contemporary Art,

   Magee Art Gallery, Spain

   The Revolution Continues, Saatchi Gallery, London, UK

   Reflective Asia,3rd Nanjing Triennial Asia, Nanjing Museum, Nanjing, China

   The 6th International Ink Painting Biennial of Shenzhen, Shenzhen Museum, Shenzhen, China

   People•history—exhibition of studies of Chinese art of the 20th century, China Central Academy of Fine Arts,Beijing, China

   RENDEZ - VOUS, Marella Gallery, Beijing, China

   SEMIOSIS, China Square, New York, USA.

   From Head to Toe, Stux Gallery, New York, USA.

   Poetic Realism, A Reinterpretation of Jiangnan, Francisco Tomásy Valiente Art Center, Madrid, Spain

   Intimate Trend, Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts, Taipei, China

   Sculpture & Painting in an Era of Digital Images, No.10 Art Institute of Konggang, Chengdu, China

   Free Fall, Chen Ling Hui Contemporary Space, Beijing, China

   Waiting In the Wings, Beyond Art Space, Beijing, China

   Passing through, Art 39th Basel, Beijing art Now gallery, Basel, Switzerland

   The Sichuan Movement, the National Museum of Indonesia, Indonesia

   Enclaves New Contemporary Paintings of China,Square Gallery of Contemporary Art,Nanjing,China

   Paratissima 2008: The 'Off Event' of Artissima, San Salvario, Torin, Italy

   Black Rock Art Video/New Media Lounge, Art Miami 2008, Art Miami Pavilion, Miami, USA

   Lovely blossoms and full moon ,YUZ Museum,Jakarta,Indonesia

   The supplemental History, Guangdong Art Museum, Guangzhou, China

2007 Starting from Southwest, Guangdong Art Museum, Guangzhou, China

   We Go To Shanghai, Beijing Art Now Gallery Shanghai Station, China

   Chinese Whisper, Osage Kwun Tong, Hong Kong, China

   New Painting from Southwest China, K Gallery, Chengdu, China

   From New Figurative Image to New Painting, Tang Contemporary Art, Beijing, China

   3 Langue 3 Colors, UM Gallery, Seoul, Korea

   3th Guiyang Art Biennale, Guiyang Art Museum, Guizhou, China

   The Art of Seduction—From Schiele to Warhol, Minoritenkloster Tulln, Austria

   The Alteration of Vision, Tang Contemporary Art, Bangkok Thailand

   China Now, Cobra Museum of Modern Art, Amsterdam, the Netherlands

   The Seven Plateaus, Ming Art Gallery, Beijing798, China

   Wild Beasts, Mook Gallery of Contemporary Art, Beijing, China

   Floating, New Generation of Art in China, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Korea

   Transparent Ju,Tibet Art Museum, China

   Post Avant-garde—Chinese Contemporary Art Four Directions of the New Era, Atting House, Hong Kong, China

   Reconstructed World View, K gallery, Chengdu, China

   The New Literati, Osage Gallery, Singapore

   Works in Progress, Beijing Tokyo Art Projects, China

   Interpret Shenzhen, Shenzhen Art Museum, China

   Beyond of Image--China New Painting, Shanghai Art Mmuseum, China

2006 Jiang Hu, Jack Tilton Gallery, New York, U.S.A.

   City Skin, Shenzhen Art Museum, Shenzhen,China

   Internal Injuries, Marella Arte Contemporanea, Beijing, China

   Poetic Realism: A Reinterpretation of Jiangnan, RCM Art Museum, Nanjing, China

   Enchanting Images of a Changing World, Vienna Essl Museum, Austria

   Unclear and Cleamess, Heyri Art Foundation, Korea

   The Road Map of Painting 2, Beijing Tokyo Art Projects, China

   1st Annals Exhibition of Chinese Contemporary Art, Beijing China Millennium Monument, China

   Chanting Our Happy Life, the 2nd China Songzhuang Culture Art Festival, China

   Varied Images, Shanghai Art Museum, China

   Size Decides Attitude—First 5×7〞Picture-Taking Biennale Pingyao,  Pingyao Shanxi, China

   Fitment OCAT ,CAT—Contemporary Art Terminal, Shenzhen, China

   Beyond Dimension, Square Gallery of Contemporary Art,  Nanjing, China

   Common Link, Vanessa Art Link, Beijing, China

2005 China Contemporary Painting, Fondazione Cassa Di Risparmioin Bologna, Italy

   Live in Chengdu, the Modern Art Museum, Chengdu, China

   2th Prague Biennial, Prague, National Gallery Veletrzni Palac, Prague

   2th Triennial of Chinese Arts, Nanjing Art Museum, Nanjing, China

   Conceptual Art—Exhibit of Contemporary Paintings From China, Tap Seac Gallery, Macao

   2th Chengdu Biennial, the Modern Art Museum, Chengdu, China

   Transparent Box, Jian Wai SOHO, Beijing, China

   The Road Map of Painting, 798 Space, Beijing, China

   City Skin, Tap Seac Gallery, Macao

   Challenge the Traditional Visual Limits, Shine Art Space, Shanghai, China

   Beyond Temporality ,Pingyao International Photography Festival,Pingyao Shanxi,China

   Contrasts and Contradictions, Shanghai Contrasts Gallery, China

   Touch Without Danger, the 8 Bridge, Shanghai, China

   Young Chinese Contemporary Art, Hangar-7, Austria

   China Contemporary Painting, APalazzo Bricherasio, Torino, Italy

   Conspire, TS1 Contemporary Art Center, 1st Exhibition, Beijing, China

2004 Forbidden Senses?—Sensuality in Contemporary Chinese Art, Espace Culturel Francois Mitterand, Perigueux, France

   China Today Painting—Infeld-Haus der Kulturen, Vienna, Austria

   China's Photographic Painting, Art Seasons, Beijing, China

   Officina Asia, Galleria d’Arte Modema. Bologna, Italy

   Hua Jia Di, Art Seasons, Beijing, China

   New Perspectives in Chinese Painting, Marella Arte Contemporanea, Milano, Italy

   Artificial Happiness, RMIT Museum Melbourne, Australia

   Live in Chengdu, Shenzhen Art Museum, Shenzhen, China

   Exhibition of Nominates for Art Documentation ,Art Gallery of Hubei Academy of Art ,Wuhan,China

2003 Reconstruction 798, 798 Factory Beijing, China

   Artificial Happiness, Jiang Art Center Beijing, China

   3th China National Exhibition of Oil Painting, China National Art Gallery, Beijing, China

   Left Hand - Right Hand—A Sino - German Exhibition of Contemporary Art, Beijing 798 Space, China

   China’s Photographic Painting, Beijing Normal University, China

   Mo ye mo de ,Mo ye mo bu de, Liaogezi, 798 Factory, Beijing, China

   Composite Picture of Asian, Hong Kong Art Museum, Hong Kong, China

   Image of image, Shenzhen Art Museum, Shenzhen, China

   Illusory, Museun63, Hongkong, Guangdong Art Museum, China

   Links between Two Points, Tokyo Gallery, Japan

2002 Dream—Chinese contemporary Art, CAC, Manchester, U.K.

   Korean Contemporary Art Festival, Seoul Art Center, Korean

   Triennial of Chinese Arts, Guangzhou Art Museum, China

   Beijing Afloat, Beijing Tokyo Art Projects Beijing, China

2001 Up-Down - Right-Left, the Feminism etc, the Modern Art Museum, Chengdu, China

   Reshuffle—Contemporary Chinese Art Show, Shenzhen Sculpture Institute, China

   Dream—Chinese Contemporary art, Atlantic’s Gallery, London, U.K.

   Mythology of China, Yidian Gallery, Shanghai, China

   Youth in transition, He Xiangning Art Museum Shenzhen, China

2000 Time of Reviving—2000’Contemporary Art Exhibition of China, Upriver Gallery, Chengdu, China

   2000’Nanjing Contemporary International Art Exhibition, Jiangsu Province Art Museum

             of Nanjing, China

   Between the Dreams and the Picturesque Meaning—Vienna between 1900 and 2000, Schloss Cappenberg, Deutschland

1999 99’Academic Exhibition Upriver Gallery, Chengdu, China

   99’Nanjing Contemporary Art Exchange Exhibition, Nanjing Normal University, Nanjing, China

1998 Beauty and Beast, Hanmo Gallery, Beijing, China

1997 Urban Personality and Contemporary Art, Southwest Jiaotong University, Chengdu, China

1996 Personal Experience Show, Art Museum of Sichuan Fine Arts Institute, Chongqing, China


2009 Chongqing Youth Art Biennial Prize for outstanding works,Chongqing

2008 2nd Critics Annual, Young Artist of the Year Prize, Beijing

1996 Lu Xun Fine Arts Institute, Mei Yuan Cup, First Prize, Shengyang

Public Collections

Upriver Gallery, Chengdu, China

Shenzhen He Xiangning Art Museum, China

Shenzhen Art Museum, Shenzhen, China

Guangdong Art Museum, China

Qinghe Art Museum, Nanjing, China

Kunst Akademie Muenster, Germany

Square Gallery of Contemporary Art, Nanjing, China

Thomastik-Infeld Foundation, Vienna, Italy

Heavenly stone Foundation in SanFrancisco, U.S.A

Chinese Contemporary Art Foundation, Belgium

Fondazione Cassa Di Risparmioin Bologna, Italy

Fondazione Golinelli Bologna, Italy

Foundation 3,14 Bergen, Norway

Saatchi gallery, British

Fundacíon de Cultura y Arte (IAC)

Iberia Center for Contemporary Art, China

White Rabbit Museum, Sydney, Australia

YUZ Museum,Jakarta, Indonesia