XIAO SE, Launch (2021)

Xiao Se created the Gray series during 2020-2021, which explores shades of a creamy grayish-blue tint. He transforms a stream of sorrowful undercurrents into thousands of fruiting cotton branches swaying to and from in the shadow of a scythe.


XIAO SE / 萧瑟 (*1970) grew up in Beijing in the second half of the Cultural Revolution (1966-1976). He experienced the tumultuous socio-political and cultural climate during the 1978 liberalist economic reform and the late ’80s student movements. He is best known for his surrealist paintings, which skillfully fuse religious motifs in the early Renaissance masterpieces into realistic portrayals of individuals’ living conditions in postsocialist China. From 1986 to 1991, Xiao studied in Beijing’s School of Fine Arts, the PRC. In 1995, he graduated from the Environment Art Design Center at the Central Academy of Fine Arts and Design. In 2000, Xiao Se was nominated as one of the Emerging Talents in Chinese Oil Paintings in the official art magazine Art Research.

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