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Zhang

Xu

UNITED STATES

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“The ink is speechless and cannot be written.”

When she was just eight years old, Xu Zhang started Chinese painting. Then, after teaching herself about traditional Chinese ink painting, she started experimenting with contemporary ink painting.

Creating these works of art when I are pregnant, it feels like they are done with the baby. Whenever I am very excited about the painting, the baby kicks me... It seems to say: Mommy, I like this stroke you painted...
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Although currently living in Louisiana, Xu’s works continue to carry a very distinctive national characteristics due to her strong connection to her birthplace, China. Her works also combine Asian painting ideas with American contemporary experiment art ideas. She works in a style that is a combination of contemporary creativity and Chinese traditional Ink technique.

墨本無言 不可文字

Ink

$300

Creating these works of art when I are pregnant, it feels like they are done with the baby. Whenever I am very excited about the painting, the baby kicks me... It seems to say: Mommy, I like this stroke you painted...
Haha

Xu has a strong perspective in creating and presenting works. Talented and agile as an artist, her works always portray black and white.

“I’m deeply connected with Tibetan Buddhism, which explains why my work remains mysterious and unpredictable.”

There is implicitness in her works, and at same time there’s enough tension to make them flow. Her creed is to be "soft but strong."

In 2016, Xu was selected to the Unbounded United Nations Youth Art Exhibition in New York as the “Most Potential Art Youth in China.” The same year, she participated in the 4th Asian Young Artists Nomination Exhibition, which was held at the Bird's Nest Cultural Center in Beijing. In 2017, she joined in the "Transportation of the 57th Venice Biennale TRANS BORDERING ART Crossover" in Venice, Italy. In 2018, she participated in the "China European Cultural Exchange Hungarian Painting Invitational Exhibition" in Budapest, Hungary. Her painting “墨本无言 不可文字” won the “First Chinese and Foreign Art Literature Award.” Xu’s work "with all the world in sight-who`s pupil" was selected as Unbounded United Nations Youth Art Exhibition. In June 2021, her artwork “墨本無言 不可文字” was included in “Textures & Patterns,” an online art exhibition in USA.

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With works deeply connected with Tibetan Buddhism, her work remains mysterious and unpredictable. In addition to paintings, her works also include installation art. Chinese ink technique has also played a major role on her creative process.