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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. 

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Small Tile 3 by Su Xiaobai contemporary artwork painting
Su Xiaobai Small Tile 3, 2005 Oil, lacquer, linen and wood
27 x 25 x 3.5 cm
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Sericeous 6 -Flaxen by Su Xiaobai contemporary artwork painting, works on paper, sculpture
Su Xiaobai Sericeous 6 -Flaxen, 2021 Oil, lacquer, linen, and wood
117 x 125 x 16 cm
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Dispelled - 5 by Su Xiaobai contemporary artwork painting
Su Xiaobai Dispelled - 5, 2021 Oil, lacquer, linen, and wood
210 x 210 x 11 cm
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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
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To Gallivant-2 by Su Xiaobai contemporary artwork painting, sculpture
Su Xiaobai To Gallivant-2, 2018–2019 Oil, lacquer, linen, and wood
169 x 167 x 11 cm
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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
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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
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Cobalt Blue Charm 魅藍 by Su Xiaobai contemporary artwork painting, mixed media
Su Xiaobai Cobalt Blue Charm 魅藍, 2019 Oil, lacquer, linen and wood
72 13/16 x 70 1/16 x 5 1/8 inches
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