b. 1972, China

Qiu Anxiong Biography

Qiu Anxiong was born in Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan province in the southwest of China. There, he studied the progressive artistic practice of Ye Yongqing and Zhang Xiaogang. A bar opened by Qiu and his friends became a hub for the blossoming underground music and art circles in Sichuan, and his colleagues included He Duoling, Zhou Chunya, and Shen Xiaotong. In 2003 he graduated from the University Kassel's College of Art in Germany after six years of studying both contemporary international art and traditional Chinese culture. In 2004 he began teaching at Shanghai Normal University, and currently lives and works in Shanghai.

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Qiu Anxiong’s recent work consists largely of paintings, animations, and video installations. In the 2006 piece The New Classic of Mountains and Oceans, for example, Qiu employs multitudes of ink drawings and links them together in an animated form. The title itself refers to the ancient Chinese mythology, Classic of the Seas and Mountains. Besides investigating the interaction between ancient and modern Chinese culture, this work and others like it have a dreamlike quality: the clearly delineated images framed by unbelievable narratives faithfully depict the absurdity of the world around us. This link to the everyday further enhances the political value of the work, which engages in a damning criticism of environmental degradation, social breakdown, and massive urbanization. Unlike younger artists, Qiu Anxiong does not indulge in the personal pleasures of the everyday, but rather takes the undifferentiated mass of history as his raw material.

Qiu Anxiong Featured Artworks

Landscape 《中國風景》 by Qiu Anxiong contemporary artwork painting
Qiu Anxiong Landscape 《中國風景》, 2004 Acrylic on Canvas
60 x 150 cm
Hanart TZ Gallery Contact Gallery
Landscape 《風景江山舊事》 by Qiu Anxiong contemporary artwork painting
Qiu Anxiong Landscape 《風景江山舊事》, 2002 Acrylic on Canvas
148.5 x 240 cm
Hanart TZ Gallery Contact Gallery
Landscape 《中國風景:春曉翠濃》 by Qiu Anxiong contemporary artwork painting
Qiu Anxiong Landscape 《中國風景:春曉翠濃》, 2003 Acrylic on Canvas
80 x 155 cm
Hanart TZ Gallery Contact Gallery
Landscape 《中國風景》 by Qiu Anxiong contemporary artwork painting
Qiu Anxiong Landscape 《中國風景》, 2004 Acrylic on Canvas
80 x 200 cm
Hanart TZ Gallery Contact Gallery
Cake-Map No. 2 by Qiu Anxiong contemporary artwork painting
Qiu Anxiong Cake-Map No. 2, 2014 Acrylic on canvas
160 x 90 cm
A Thousand Plateaus Art Space Contact Gallery
Cake-Map No. 1 by Qiu Anxiong contemporary artwork painting
Qiu Anxiong Cake-Map No. 1, 2014 Acrylic on canvas
160 x 90 cm
A Thousand Plateaus Art Space Contact Gallery
Cake by Qiu Anxiong contemporary artwork moving image
Qiu Anxiong Cake, 2014 Video, 6min 2sec
A Thousand Plateaus Art Space Contact Gallery
The Haze on Shanghai - 07 by Qiu Anxiong contemporary artwork painting
Qiu Anxiong The Haze on Shanghai - 07, 2011 Acrylic on canvas
200 x 50 cm
Wooson Gallery Contact Gallery

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