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The art of Sichuan province in south China is very different from the art from the politically charged atmosphere of the capital, Beijing. The Sichuan school is far more surrealist and subtly psychological that its northern counterpart. Zhang Xiaogang is the major artist of this school. chinesecontemporary.com
Zhang Xiaogang is the major artist of the Sichuan school. He says he is an artist who engages in "inner soliloquies" and that his art is the flow of these soliloquies. Magritte has been a major influence on his work: "Magritte has taught me how to experience our heavy history from a certain distance and how to experience the capricious reality we have to face. At the same time I have learned how, with an 'internalised' language, to describe our life, show concern about the hearts that are often neglected and build an 'illusory kingdom' for our souls to rest in from time to time." chinesecontemporary.com
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Between Reality and Illusion
Critical analyses of Zhang Xiaogangâs work are usually based on its iconography and style, which reveal a strong consistency whether the works are studied from the angle of artistic intention or personal history. If we look at the âphenomenonâ of Zhang Xiaogang, and consider elements of his art that have helped to establish his position in the art world, we can look away from Zhangâs psychological and personal history, to focus on his contributions to artistic language in contemporary Chinese art. hanart.com
Chang Tsong-zung, in a catalogue note for Zhang's work, once remarked that "[the artist] is fascinated by the tensions between the forces of public life and individual privacyâŠIn recapitulating the collective experience of violated privacy, Zhang has created convincing images of the suppressed psyche of China's recent past." kwaipo.com
Zhang Xiaogang, born in Kunming in 1958, graduated from Oil Painting Department of Sichuan Academy of Fine Arts in 1982. Known as a symbolist-surrealist and a member of the Avant-Garde movement, worldwide art historians noted that Zhang was influenced by Picasso and Dali. Now he works and lives in Beijing. visualarts.gld
The rapid growth of consumerism in China during the 1990s caused Zhang Xiaogang to begin his series of paintings 'Bloodline: The big family'. In this series, the artist comments on a range of social issues related to the place of the individual within 'modern' Chinese society. chinadaily.com
A Chinese painter's new struggle: to meet demand
By David Barboza
In a large warehouse studio on the outskirts of China's capital, Zhang Xiaogang was trying to explain how he goes about painting each day.
He said he liked to work deep into the night, smoking Chinese Honghe cigarettes, drinking herbal tea and listening to the music of "Buddha Cafe" or Air's "Talkie Walkie."