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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

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$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...
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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.

“The “墨本無言 不可文字” series of paintings is the painting of my heart. All the paintings can be connected and viewed separately. When I was pregnant and meditating, I had two separate consciousness in my body, so my thoughts were very rich and I realized the relationship between the spiritual world and the real world. This is when I created these works.”

Her work has very solid basic skills, but does not stick to traditional ones, instead being abstract and containing rich experience. Chinese ink painting is more like a medium or carrier in her works, taking her view of the world along for the ride. Together, they carry great potential.

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Specifically, her series of works of "墨本無言 不可文字,” which roughly translates to “The ink is speechless and cannot be written.” The power of her works emanates from this sole idea.

Xu’s series of works will remind one of the origins of the universe and the evolution of human beings. Depicted are cosmic nebula, gamma rays, human cells, brain waves, and other subjects that while inscrutable, are also profoundly close to us. Her art gives the viewer a mysterious and relaxing experience. Part of this is due to her unique cultural characteristics and the power of mystical beliefs.