b. 1940, China

Gao Xingjian Biography

Gao Xingjian is eager to go beyond himself, to surpass his intellect in total integrity with his soul, constantly searching for his own profound development amidst his fragility. In his art, there is an intense power, one combining modernist techniques and the traditional Chinese brush strokes. Every artistic means of expression is explored and fused as ‘painting begins where language fails’. The contemplative and narrative images in his works show his journey in our unexplainable world and human condition, using many shades of black and white tones. Gao is weary of the intersection between ‘spiritual pollution’ and western modernism ultimately believing that being an individual is like a lost paradise. He lives in the determination of not indoctrinating himself with ideologies, imposing his own personal and unique style. His multifaceted work is extensive; literary theorist, playwright writer, critic, dramatist, director and artist as well as being the distinguished translator of a number of important published works.

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Gao Xingjian was born in Ganzhou, China in 1940. Gao Xingjian was awarded Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in 1992 and Nobel Prize in Literature in 2000. His art exhibitions include: Museum ZKM, Karlsruhe; Galerie Claude Bernard, Paris; Musée des Beaux-Arts, Bern; Singapore Art Museum; Carrousel du Louvre, Paris; Goedhuis Contemporary, New York; Grand Palais, Paris; Trejiakov Galerie, Moscow to name a few. His works grace the public collections of: Morat-Institut für Kunst und Kunstweissenschaft, Freiburg, Germany; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, USA; National History Museum, Taipei; Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taiwan; The Chinese University of Hong Kong, University Museum and Art Gallery, University of Hong Kong, Singapore Art Museum, Artothèque de Nantes, Musée Guimet, Paris, Théâtre Molière, Paris, Maison de la Culture de Bourges, La Ville de Marseille, France; Nobel Foundation, KrapperrusKonsthall, Malmö, Museum of Modern Art, Stockholm, Ostasiatiska-Museet, Stockholm, Sweden and Leibniz-Gesellschaft für kulturellen Austausch, Berlin, Germany. Gao Xingjian is now a French citizen living in Paris, France.

Gao Xingjian Featured Artworks

Freedom by Gao Xingjian contemporary artwork painting, works on paper, drawing
Gao Xingjian Freedom, 1999 Ink on paper
73 x 76 cm
Asia Art Center Contact Gallery
On the Shore / Sur la Rive 此岸 by Gao Xingjian contemporary artwork works on paper
Gao Xingjian On the Shore / Sur la Rive 此岸, 2016 Chinese ink on rice paper
91 x 154 cm
Alisan Fine Arts Contact Gallery
Moonlight / Clair de la Lune by Gao Xingjian contemporary artwork works on paper
Gao Xingjian Moonlight / Clair de la Lune, 2002 Chinese ink on paper
96 x 169 cm
Alisan Fine Arts Contact Gallery
Mood by Gao Xingjian contemporary artwork painting
Gao Xingjian Mood, 2014 Chinese ink on rice paper
88.5 x 68 cm
Alisan Fine Arts Contact Gallery
Moonlight / Au Clair de la Lune 月夜 by Gao Xingjian contemporary artwork works on paper
Gao Xingjian Moonlight / Au Clair de la Lune 月夜, 2014 Chinese ink on paper
90.5 x 94 cm
Alisan Fine Arts Contact Gallery

Gao Xingjian Represented By

Asia Art Center contemporary art gallery in Taipei, Taiwan Asia Art Center Beijing, Shanghai, Taipei

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