Wang Xingwei (b.1969, China)

Wang Xingwei was born in 1969 in Shenyang, Liaoning province, and graduated from the art department of Shenyang Normal University. Concentrating on developing his own critical sense of shape, color and form, Wang Xingwei freed himself from the standardized approach taught in the academies. Through an experimental exploration of the canons of art history and painting, an original voice emerged that was sincere, humorous and sometimes subversive. In his paintings, social, cultural and art-historical references are subtly imbedded in a non-linear visual language of personal symbols and associations. Unconcerned with conforming to any specifically “contemporary” stylistic identity or market constraints, Wang Xingwei continues to deconstruct preconceived notions surrounding how works of art should be read and understood, creating new interpretive possibilities. He currently lives and works in Beijing.

Selected group and solo shows include the Biennale d’art Contemporain de Lyon in Lyon, France (1997), the 1st Guangzhou Triennial, Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou (2002), Thirty Years of Chinese Contemporary Art 1979-2009, Minsheng Art Museum, Shanghai (2010) and The State of Things, Brussels/Beijing, at the National Art Museum of China, Beijing (2010), curated by Fan Di’an, Ai Weiwei, Luc Tuymans and Philippe Pirotte. A major retrospective of his work to date will appear at the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art in 2013.

Xingwei, Wang b.1969

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