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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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Constant 2-19 by Su Xiaobai contemporary artwork
Su XiaobaiConstant 2-19, 2018Oil, lacquer, linen, and wood
59 x 56 x 6.5 cm
Tina Keng Gallery Contact Gallery
Kuanhou-Joyful Red by Su Xiaobai contemporary artwork
Su XiaobaiKuanhou-Joyful Red, 2015Oil, 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
Su XiaobaiInfinity - Blanched Almond 冰裂 - 汝白, 2017/2019Oil, lacquer, linen and wood
169 x 165 x 20 cm
Sean Kelly Contact Gallery
Square Pavilion-Black ⽅方閣-⽞玄 by Su Xiaobai contemporary artwork
Su XiaobaiSquare Pavilion-Black ⽅方閣-⽞玄, 2018Oil, lacquer, linen and wood
175 x 175 x 10 cm
Pearl Lam Galleries Contact Gallery
Wagong 21 by Su Xiaobai contemporary artwork
Su XiaobaiWagong 21, 2011Oil, lacquer on linen and wood
68 x 61 cm
Pearl Lam Galleries Contact Gallery
Plump by Su Xiaobai contemporary artwork
Su XiaobaiPlump, 2016Oil, lacquer, linen and wood
165 x 160 x 16 cm
Pearl Lam Galleries Contact Gallery
Intactness by Su Xiaobai contemporary artwork
Su XiaobaiIntactness, 2012Oil, lacquer, linen and wood
68 x 60 x 7 cm
Almine Rech Contact Gallery
Intactness c by Su Xiaobai contemporary artwork
Su XiaobaiIntactness c, 2012Oil, lacquer, linen and wood
68 x 60 x 7 cm
Almine Rech Contact Gallery

Su Xiaobai Current & Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, Su Xiaobai, To Gallivant: The Paintings of Su Xiaobai at Tina Keng Gallery, Taipei
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16 January–6 February 2021 Su Xiaobai To Gallivant: The Paintings of Su Xiaobai Tina Keng GalleryTaipei
Contemporary art exhibition, Zong-De An, Ren Ri, Carlos Rolón/Dzine, Su Xiaobai, Kim Tschang-Yeul, Accidents [Part I] at Pearl Lam Galleries, Pedder Street, Hong Kong
Closed
17 January–30 June 2020 Zong-De An, Ren Ri, Carlos Rolón/Dzine, Su Xiaobai, Kim Tschang-Yeul Accidents [Part I] Pearl Lam GalleriesPedder Street, Hong Kong
Contemporary art exhibition, Su Xiaobai, Beneath a descending moon, breathing 一池光井 at Tina Keng Gallery, Taipei
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7 December 2019–22 January 2020 Su Xiaobai Beneath a descending moon, breathing 一池光井 Tina Keng GalleryTaipei

Su Xiaobai Represented By

Pearl Lam Galleries contemporary art gallery in Pedder Street, Hong Kong Pearl Lam Galleries Singapore, Hong Kong, Shanghai
Sean Kelly contemporary art gallery in New York, USA Sean Kelly New York

Su Xiaobai In Ocula Magazine

Taipei Lowdown: Shows to See Ocula Feature Taipei Lowdown: Shows to See By Tessa Moldan, Taipei

As Taipei Dangdai returns for its second edition, we list a selection of shows across the city.

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Pearl Lam Ocula Conversation Pearl Lam By Anna Dickie, Hong Kong

Pearl Lam started exhibiting and promoting Chinese contemporary art in 1993 when she opened Contrasts, her first gallery in China. Today her eponymous gallery, Pearl Lam Galleries, has spaces in Shanghai, Hong Kong and at Gillman Barracks in Singapore. Over the past two decades, Pearl Lam and her galleries have consistently championed the...

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Art Basel Week Ocula Feature Art Basel Week By Robin Peckham, Hong Kong

It is a funny thing to return as a visitor to a city one once called home: not so long ago I was a de facto host for the descending hordes during ArtHK and later Art Basel Hong Kong, but this year, for the first time, I am seeing it all through the eyes of an art tourist. As a city and as an art event, Hong Kong has always been a tightly wound...

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