MAO Xuhui
(b. 1956, China)
MAO Xuhui devotes his paintings to explore the inner world of everyday objects. His works stands out amongst a long history of politically-driven Chinese contemporary artists, and offers a new approach to psychology in art.

Like many of his contemporaries, Mao developed a branding identity for his work through the repeated use of symbolism. Although his visual focal points are repetitive, they are far from simple. Mao’s paintings discuss various aspects of society through images of chairs, scissors and bicycles, to name a few. If we take scissors as an example, we can note how their geometric, abstract shape express impulse, passion, temperament, and contemplation through texture, color, curves and lines. Mao explains that repetition in artwork is necessary when offering new meaning to an object; it is a long process that he needs to carefully explain and express to his audience.

Mao Xuhui was born in 1956 in China. He graduated from Yunnan Art Academy in 1982. He is the leader of the mid-1980s Southwest Art Group, which included artists such as ZHANG Xiaogang and PAN Dehai. Mao has been holding group and solo exhibitions internationally since the 1990s, including the Museum of Contemporary Art (Sydney, Australia), Singapore Art Museum, LIMN Gallery (San Francisco), Seoul Arts Center (Seoul), and The Red Mansion Ltd (London).

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