Born in Kunming in Chinese province of Yuannan in 1958, is considered as one of the most famous and most required Chinese contemporary artist, particularly popular among the collectors abroad.
His artworks are strongly influenced by the story of his family. This is shown clearly in his first and also the most important collection “Bloodline”.
The protest of 1989 in Tian’anmen square also has a strong influence on the artist:
In my opinion, art and life are a unique concept, working in the art means also having a life. However my thought has no sense since the sanguinary event of 1989. From then on I understand that an individual is completely insignificant in front of the destiny. (Zhang Xiaogang 《“1989-1991” return to the human world》).
Today the artist, nearly sixty years old, is known not only in China, but also by all over the world for his artworks. He can always find new motivations in art after all the periods of depression and he becomes now the representative of oriental art. The common character of Xiaogang’s works is the importance of feeling, which can be found under the superficies and behind the imagines. He uses his own language in a particular way, with the capacity to create new figures which go much further than the portraits themselves.