Selected works by Zhang Xiaotao

Zhang Xiaotao
Ants Moving Things No.3

2006

Oil on canvas

200 x 300 cm
Oscillating between the macro and micro, the engulfing scale of Zhang Xioatao’s paintings is at odds with his tiny subjects, each canvas encapsulating a sense of ’universe’ within their humble depictions. Approaching painting as an archetype of beauty, Zhang’s surfaces are vivacious in their intensely rich detail. Mesmerising with lush textures and soulful hues, Zhang magnifies the conception of space and physicality, creating a sense of infinity within the minute and claustrophobic.
Zhang Xiaotao
Travel

2006

Oil on canvas

300 x 200 cm
Through painting rodents, insects, and other emblems of decay, Zhang transfers this contemplative wonder into the realm of the grotesque, situating the viewer amongst the lowly and parasitic and creating sensuously emotive metaphors for the human condition. In Ants Moving Things No. 3, the collective will and movement of a colony is imparted as equally heroic and oppressive within an industrial setting suggestive of social realist propaganda; while in Travel, the plight of a drowning rat manifests individual conscience with poignant tranquillity, sorrow, and grace.

Other Resources

artists.org
Modern and contemporary artists and art - Zhang Xiaotao

shineartspace.com - Information on Zhang Xiaotao including images, biography and essays.

shineartspace.com -Deep Anxiety in Inner Heart On the Issues Consciousness of Zhang Xiaotao’s Art by Feng Boyi During contacts with Zhang Xiaotao, I sensed strongly that he is an artist full of enthusiasm and good at argument. When we are talking about the so-called art issues, or the state of reality in China, he is so talkatively repelling that no one could plunge himself into the conversation

shineartspace.com - Zhang Xiaotao: An Entropic Vision “Breathtaking (are) the scenes of an excessive, lawless life. They are filled with anxieties and restlessness… All is on the move, all is running, all souls fight and compete with each other.”
This is Beijing; first impressions of the city that Zhang Xiaotao recorded on his arrival from Chengdu in 2002. The move had a considerable impact upon the artist and his work as the immense scale of the city and the frenetic pace of its development engendered new levels of social awareness within him. This is perhaps unsurprising as it here, in Beijing, the epicenter of China’s furious drive to compete and progress, that the negative impacts of such rapid change are particularly discernable.

asianartnow.com - San Francisco Bay Guardian By Sarah Coleman
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. This young Chinese artist, whose works are seen here for the first time in the United States, begins many of his paintings by taking diagrams from Chinese sex manuals.