b. 1949, China

Su Xiaobai Biography

Su Xiaobai was born in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China in 1949. He attended the School of Arts and Crafts in Wuhun in 1965, and from 1985 to 1987 studied oil painting at the Central Academy of Fine Arts. He was awarded an Arts and Culture Scholarship which allowed him to move to Germany in 1987 to pursue postgraduate study at the Kunstakademie Dusseldorf Arts Academy, from which he graduated in 1990. Before moving to Germany his work was concerned by social realism, however, his first-hand experience of Western avant-garde art radically changed his approach. In the mid 1990s his work became progressively less figurative and, since his return to China in 2003, he completely eliminated recognisable subject matter to focus on colour, surface, and shape. His work engages with both the language apparent in Western art and traditions in Chinese philosophy, such as the Buddhist Sutra: "Everything is nothing, nothing is everything". The medium he most frequently uses, lacquer, is loaded with Chinese history, while he uses the context of his art to represent issues which are both universal and philosophical. Su held his first solo exhibition in 1988, and since then he has predominantly exhibited in China and Germany. 

Su Xiaobai Featured Artworks

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Tolerance 1 by Su Xiaobai contemporary artwork painting, works on paper, sculpture
Su Xiaobai Tolerance 1, 2013 Oil, lacquer, Linen and wood
168 x 168 x 16 cm
Pearl Lam Galleries Contact Gallery
Dispelled - 5 by Su Xiaobai contemporary artwork painting
Su Xiaobai Dispelled - 5, 2021 Oil, lacquer, linen, and wood
210 x 210 x 11 cm
Tina Keng Gallery Contact Gallery
Clay Tile – 09 by Su Xiaobai contemporary artwork painting, sculpture
Su Xiaobai Clay Tile – 09, 2020 Oil, lacquer, linen, and clay
24.7 x 23.5 x 3 cm
Tina Keng Gallery Contact Gallery
Kuanhou-Joyful Red by Su Xiaobai contemporary artwork painting
Su Xiaobai Kuanhou-Joyful Red, 2015 Oil, lacquer on linen and wood
190 x 182 x 14 cm
Pearl Lam Galleries Contact Gallery
Infinity - Blanched Almond 冰裂 - 汝白 by Su Xiaobai contemporary artwork painting
Su Xiaobai Infinity - Blanched Almond 冰裂 - 汝白, 2017/2019 Oil, lacquer, linen and wood
169 x 165 x 20 cm
Sean Kelly Contact Gallery
Infinity - No. 6 (Turquoise) 冰裂-6 by Su Xiaobai contemporary artwork mixed media
Su Xiaobai Infinity - No. 6 (Turquoise) 冰裂-6, 2019 Oil, lacquer, linen and wood
115 x 110 x 13 cm
Sean Kelly Contact Gallery
Wagong 21 by Su Xiaobai contemporary artwork mixed media
Su Xiaobai Wagong 21, 2011 Oil, lacquer on linen and wood
68 x 61 cm
Pearl Lam Galleries Contact Gallery
Plump by Su Xiaobai contemporary artwork painting
Su Xiaobai Plump, 2016 Oil, lacquer, linen and wood
165 x 160 x 16 cm
Pearl Lam Galleries Contact Gallery

Su Xiaobai Recent Exhibitions

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Su Xiaobai Represented By

Sean Kelly contemporary art gallery in New York, USA Sean Kelly New York, Taipei

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