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b. 1964, China

Shao Fan Biography

Shao Fan is one of the first Chinese artists to explore the boundaries between visual art and design. Born into a renowned Beijing artist family in 1964, Shao Fan excelled in art, especially in painting. He received his first painting instruction during the Cultural Revolution, from parents who were university art professors assigned to paint Mao Zedong propaganda. His sister Shao Fei is also a well known Chinese artist.

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Shao Fan graduated from the Beijing Arts and Crafts College in 1984 and began exploring three-dimensional art. His attraction to design, combined with a profound interest in Chinese culture, compelled him to research woodcarvings and ceramics and led to his own signature style. Beginning to paint professionally in 1989, Shao’s passion remained rooted in three-dimensional art, which eventually led to the creation of objects that integrate both art and design.

His work is part of the permanent collection of the V&A in London making him the first modern Chinese artist to be exhibited in the museum.

His work has become an icon symbolizing China’s modern transformation.

Shao Fan Featured Artworks

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Ming Ladder - 2006, No. 6 by Shao Fan contemporary artwork sculpture
Shao FanMing Ladder - 2006, No. 6, 2006Tieli wood
212 x 80 x 9 cm
Galerie Urs Meile Enquire
In the Name of Rabbit 202 (Black) by Shao Fan contemporary artwork painting, works on paper, drawing
Shao FanIn the Name of Rabbit 202 (Black), 2020Ink on rice paper
113 x 174 cm
Galerie Urs Meile Enquire
In the Name of Rabbit 121 by Shao Fan contemporary artwork painting, works on paper, drawing
Shao FanIn the Name of Rabbit 121, 2020Ink on rice paper
175 x 175 cm
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Afternoon Nap by Shao Fan contemporary artwork sculpture
Shao FanAfternoon Nap, 2019Old elm wood
142.5 x 83 x 95 cm
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Rabbit Portrait - Dingyou 1 by Shao Fan contemporary artwork works on paper, drawing
Shao FanRabbit Portrait - Dingyou 1, 2017Ink on rice paper
280 x 175 cm
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Rabbit Asks by Shao Fan contemporary artwork painting
Shao FanRabbit Asks, 2015Ink on rice paper
240 x 122 cm
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Portrait by Shao Fan contemporary artwork painting
Shao FanPortrait, 2013Oil on canvas
200 x 170 cm
Galerie Urs Meile Enquire
Project No. 1 of the Year 2004 by Shao Fan contemporary artwork installation
Shao FanProject No. 1 of the Year 2004, 2008Elmwood, acrylic
170 x 130 x 120 cm
Galerie Urs Meile Enquire

Shao Fan Recent Exhibitions

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Shao Fan Represented By

Galerie Urs Meile contemporary art gallery in Beijing, China Galerie Urs Meile Beijing, Lucerne
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