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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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Trifecta of Indigo by Su Xiaobai contemporary artwork
Su XiaobaiTrifecta of Indigo, 2005Oil, lacquer, linen, and clay
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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 Enquire about this work
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 Enquire about this work
Square Pavilion-Red ⽅方閣-丹 by Su Xiaobai contemporary artwork
Su XiaobaiSquare Pavilion-Red ⽅方閣-丹, 2018Oil, lacquer, linen and wood
175 x 175 x 10 cm
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Wagong 21 by Su Xiaobai contemporary artwork
Su XiaobaiWagong 21, 2011Oil, lacquer on linen and wood
68 x 61 cm
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Plump by Su Xiaobai contemporary artwork
Su XiaobaiPlump, 2016Oil, lacquer, linen and wood
165 x 160 x 16 cm
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Intactness by Su Xiaobai contemporary artwork
Su XiaobaiIntactness, 2012Oil, lacquer, linen and wood
68 x 60 x 7 cm
Almine Rech Enquire about this work
Intactness c by Su Xiaobai contemporary artwork
Su XiaobaiIntactness c, 2012Oil, lacquer, linen and wood
68 x 60 x 7 cm
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Su Xiaobai Current & Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, Zong-De An, Ren Ri, Carlos Rolón/Dzine, Su Xiaobai, Kim Tschang-Yeul, Accidents [Part I] at Pearl Lam Galleries, Hong Kong
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17 January–6 March 2020 Zong-De An, Ren Ri, Carlos Rolón/Dzine, Su Xiaobai, Kim Tschang-Yeul Accidents [Part I] Pearl Lam Galleries, Pedder 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 Gallery, Taipei
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Abstract by Nature at Sean Kelly, New York
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28 June–2 August 2019 Group Exhibition Abstract by Nature Sean Kelly, New York

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Taipei Lowdown: Shows to See Ocula Report Taipei Lowdown: Shows to See Tessa Moldan, Taipei

As Taipei Dangdai returns for its second edition between 17 and 19 January 2020 at the Nangang Exhibition Center, a selection of exhibitions across the city confirm Taipei as one of the region's most exciting art hubs.

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Pearl Lam Ocula Conversation Pearl Lam 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 Report Art Basel Week 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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