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b. 1960, China

Su Xinping Biography

Su Xinping’s art is unusual in the broad contemporary Chinese art scene. His work does not shout or seek notoriety, instead it is quietly insightful and sensitive. In these works created during Su’s three-week residency on STPI’s Visiting Artists Programme (VAP) in July 2005, the artist addresses two of his ongoing themes - a deep observation of the communist convention and people’s reaction towards China’s changing society, and the mastery of the printmaking tradition itself as an artistic medium.

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The works - lithographs, etchings and woodcuts - include images of a Mao jacket, symbolising the overwhelming impact of Maoist ideology plus a new set of prints in his well-known Comrade and Toast series. These predominantly red and black prints depict men in Mao jackets standing with younger men in Western jackets, raising their hands with a cup of wine or beer to toast something significant. The works are a commentary of both the social gap between young and old and the role of the banquet and the toast in society, particularly the political society.

Su Xinping’s works are in many public collections including The British Museum, London; the Art Gallery of New South Wales and the National Gallery of Australia; the National Art Museum of China, Shanghai Art Museum and the Fukuoka Art Museum, Japan.

Text courtesy STPI - Creative Workshop & Gallery.

Su Xinping Featured Artworks

Wasteland No.8, 224 × 2296 cm (56 × 56cm × 164), by Su Xinping contemporary artwork
Su XinpingWasteland No.8, 224 × 2296 cm (56 × 56cm × 164),, 2015-2019Pencil on paper
224 x 2296 cm
Tang Contemporary Art Contact Gallery
Grey No. 19 by Su Xinping contemporary artwork
Su XinpingGrey No. 19, 2016Oil on canvas
200 x 300 cm
Pearl Lam Galleries Contact Gallery

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Su Xinping In Ocula Magazine

Andrew Stahl and Guo Xiaohui Ocula Conversation Andrew Stahl and Guo Xiaohui By Tendai John Mutambu and Qinxin Gao, London

The exhibition Beyond Boundaries at Somerset House in London (12 March–2 April 2019) marked the historic contributions of the Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing (CAFA) and the Slade School of Fine Art, University College London, on the occasion of their 100th and 150th anniversaries, respectively. Spread across several rooms of Somerset...

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