Zhang Xiaotao Exhibited at The Saatchi Gallery

Zhang Xiaotao
Ants Moving Things No.3


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


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 artists in

Zhang Dali    Zeng Fanzhi    Wang Guangyi    Zheng Guogu    Zhang Haiying    Zhang Hongtu    Zhang Huan    Qiu Jie    Xiang Jing    Shi Jinsong    Fang Lijun    Yue Minjun    Li Qing    Wu Shanzhuan    Shen Shaomin    Li Songsong    Zhan Wang    Liu Wei    Zhang Xiaogang    Zhang Xiaotao    Cang Xin    Shi Xinning    Li Yan    Bai Yiluo    Zhang Yuan    Sun Yuan & Peng Yu    Yin Zhaohui    Feng Zhengjie

Zhang Xiaotao's Biography

Zhang Xiaotao
Born in Hechuan, Chongqing, China

Lives and works in Beijing and Chengdu, China


Beautiful Imbroglio, He xiangning Art Museum Shenzhen China
An Entropic Vision, Shanghai Shine Art Space, China

Dreamscapes Foundation3, 14 Bergen ,Norway
Dreamscapes M.K.Ciulionis Nat. Museum of Art, Kaunas, Lithuania

Dream Factory-Rubbish heap Beijing Tokyo Art Projects Beijing

Materialistic Decay Gallery Akie Aricchi Art Contemporary Paris France

Desire Kunst Akademie Muenster Germany

Flowers in the Dream Tokyo Gallery Japan


Starting From Southwest, Guangdong Art Museum, Guangzhou, China
Chinese Whisper, Osage kwun tong, Hongkong
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, Korean
3rd Guiyang Art Biennale, Guiyang Art Museum, Guizhou, China
The Art of Seduction-- From Schiele to Warhol, Minoritenkloster Tulln, Austria

Jiang Hu, Jack Tilton Gallery , New York
City Skin, Shenzhen Art Museum, Shenzhen

Internal injuries, Marella arte contemporanea , Beijing
Poetic Realism : A reinterpretation of Jiangnan , RCM Art Museum , Nanjing
Enchanting Images of a Changing World , Vienna Essl Museum , Austria
Unclear and Cleamess, Heyri Art Foundation , Korean
The Road map of Painting 2, Beijing Tokyo Art Projects Beijing
Varied Images, Shanghai art museum

China Contemporary painting, Fondazione Cassa Di Risparmioin Bologna , Italy
2th Prague Biennial, Prague , National Gallery Veletrzni Palac, Prague
2th Triennial of Chinese Arts, Nanjing Art Museum Nanjing
2th Chengdu Biennial, the Modern Art Museum, Chengdu
Young Chinese Contemporary art, Hangar-7 , Austria
China Contemporary Painting, APalazzo Bricherasio , Torino , Italy

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, China Art seasons, Beijing
Officina Asia,Galleria d’Arte Modema.Bologna,Italy
New Perspectives in Chinese Painting,
Marella arte contemporanea,Milano ,Italy
Artificial Happiness “ RMIT Museum Melbourne , Australia
Live in Chengdu, Shenzhen Art Museum, Shenzhen

left hand -right Hand, 798 Space Beijing
Composite picture of Asian, Hong Kong Art Museum
Image of image, Shenzhen Art Museum .Shenzhen
Illusory, Museun63, Hong Kong. Guangdong art Museum
links between two points, Tokyo gallery Japan

Dream, Chinese contemporary Art. CAC. Manchester

Korean Contemporary Art Festival . Seoul Art Center Korean

Triennial of Chinese Arts, Guangzhou Art Museum
Beijing Afloat, Beijing Tokyo Art Projects Beijing

Up-Down-Right-Left, -the Feminism etc, the Modern Art Museum, Chengdu
Dream, Chinese contemporary art , Atlantic’s Gallery, London
Youth in transition, He xiangning Art Museum Shenzhen

Time of Reviving, 2000 Contemporary Art Exhibition of China, Upriver Gallery,
Between the Dreams and the Picturesque Meaning, Vienna Between 1900 And 2000, Schloss Cappenberg, Deutschland

'99 Academic Exhibition, Upriver Gallery, Chengdu, China

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

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