XIAO SE / 萧瑟 (b.1970) is best known for his richly detailed paintings that skillfully merge a realist portrayal of commoners and their complex feelings of living in contemporary China with the figures and religious symbols in the early Renaissance masterpieces. What lies behind the seemingly surrealist expression, however, are extraordinary experiences and lessons from life. Xiao grew up in Beijing in the second half of the Cultural Revolution (1966-1976). He lived the tumultuous socio-political and cultural climate during the 1978 liberalist economic reform and the late ’80s student movements. His extensive travel experience in border areas and the Chinese hinterland provided him with critical insights into heterogeneous living conditions and persistent longing for a good life in postsocialist China.
ESCAPEMENT ART is pleased to announce Xiao Se’s mid-career retrospective solo exhibition “Flying Over the Cotton Field,” featuring 22 stunning oil paintings ranging from his trademarks to new art experiments.