Guilin, b.1987

Wang Xiaoqu

Wang Xiaoqu creates stories and narratives with stylistic influences from theatre, comic books and other sources. Her works are inspired by her own experience as a photographer and reflects on how daily images registered in our mind or seen in news can transform our perception of reality into a grotesque and surreal world, creating a raw visual experience. Images are elaborated in order to impress onto the canvas the laughable relationships among human beings and the effect of overexposure and other photographic means into the realm of painting. The result is an exaggeration of forms and a black-humorous chronicle of daily events, where her characters act almost as sculptural elements within the frame of Wang’s expressionistic canvases.

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Biography

Wang Xiaoqu creates stories and narratives with stylistic influences from theatre, comic books and other sources. Her works are inspired by her own experience as a photographer and reflects on how daily images registered in our mind or seen in news can transform our perception of reality into a grotesque and surreal world, creating a raw visual experience. Images are elaborated in order to impress onto the canvas the laughable relationships among human beings and the effect of overexposure and other photographic means into the realm of painting. The result is an exaggeration of forms and a black-humorous chronicle of daily events, where her characters act almost as sculptural elements within the frame of Wang’s expressionistic canvases.

When creating the works, she considered the canvas to be a place where she could create stories and narrative arcs, taking stylistic influence from theatrical elements, as well as comic books and other sources. She kept searching for a superficial connection between the subject of each image and the narrative plot generated by the figures in each piece of her painting. She is concerned about the fragility of subjective truth and the inherent inauthenticity of painting, and therefore, resists any attempt to dig for deeper meaning.

Wang Xiaoqu was born in Guilin, Guangxi, China. She graduated from the Oil Painting Department of Sichuan Fine Arts Institute with M.A and currently lives and works in Beijing, China. Her exhibitions include ‘Spiral Stairs’, AIKE, Shanghai, 2018; ‘The Latch’, C-Space+Local, Beijing, China, 2017; ‘Atmosphere’, Inside-Out Art Museum, Beijing, China, 2015; ‘Winter Group Show’, AIKE, Shanghai, China, 2014; ‘UP-YOUTH China Young Artists Exhibition’, Time Art Museum, Beijing, China, 2014.

Artworks

2

Warmth, 2019

Related Categories

21st Century Art / Animation/Cartoon/Comic Books / Art of the 2010s / Asian Art / Autobiographical Approach / Canvas / China / Chinese Art / Contemporary Asian Art / Contemporary Chinese Art / Daily Life Experience / Dreamlike Imagery / Faux Naïf / Guilin / Humor and Satire / Mass Media Images / Oil on Canvas / Oil Paint / Painting / Reality and Fantasy/Illusion/Imagination / Surrealistic Images / Theatricality

Curriculum Vitae

Education

  • 2014

    Graduated from Sichuan Fine Arts Institute, Oil Painting Department with M.A, Chongqing, China

  • 2009

    Graduated from Sichuan Fine Arts Institute, Oil Painting Department with B.A, Chongqing, China

Selected Exhibitions

  • 2019

    Scaffolds of Meaning / 懒音, Mine Project, Hong Kong

  • 2018

    Condo Shanghai, AIKE, Shanghai, China

  • Spiral Stairs, AIKE, Shanghai, China

Projects

  • 2015

    The 11th China International Gallery Exposition (CIGE) Artists Nominate Artists Exhibition, nominated by Zhang Xiaogang, Beijing, China

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Curriculum Vitae

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Education

  • 2014

    Graduated from Sichuan Fine Arts Institute, Oil Painting Department with M.A, Chongqing, China

  • 2009

    Graduated from Sichuan Fine Arts Institute, Oil Painting Department with B.A, Chongqing, China

Selected Exhibitions

  • 2019

    Scaffolds of Meaning / 懒音, Mine Project, Hong Kong

  • 2018

    Condo Shanghai, AIKE, Shanghai, China

  • Spiral Stairs, AIKE, Shanghai, China

  • 2017

    The Latch, C-Space+Local, Beijing, China

  • 2015

    Atmosphere, Inside-Out Art Museum, Beijing, China

  • 2014

    UP-YOUTH China Young Artists Exhibition, Time Art Museum, Beijing, China

  • Winter Group Show, AIKE, Shanghai, China

Projects

  • 2015

    The 11th China International Gallery Exposition (CIGE) Artists Nominate Artists Exhibition, nominated by Zhang Xiaogang, Beijing, China

Collections

  • Time Art Museum, Beijing, China