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Shi Xinning was born on 1969 in Liaoning Province,
China. Trained in China, Shi Xinning’s paintings are influenced by both social
realism and European styles. Using the authoritative qualities of both, Shi
embarks on history painting with a twist. Taking his imagery from iconic press
photos, Shi’s canvases faithfully represent the world as we know it, the Yalta
Conference in familiar 40s sepia tone, the Queen Mum in carriage emblazoned in
newspaper black and white. It’s only on second glance that Shi’s alterations
become evident. Nestled between Churchill and FDR and conversing happily with
royalty, Mao takes his place amongst the great leaders of the 20th century. In
China-fying history, Shi investigates dynamics of both the west’s Eurocentric,
and China’s isolationist past world views. Humorously illustrating the
Chairman’s import and omnipresence in 20th c Chinese society Shi’s insertion of
Mao into the fabric of western collective conscience seems entirely plausible.
Infusing the totems of propaganda currency with a sense of normality and
humility, Shi re-authors the most cherished moments of collective memory with a
‘Forrest Gump’ effect, creating a specious mythology based in Hollywood schmaltz
and unabashed optimism.
2005 • The Road Map of Painting, Beijing, China • The Other Shore of This Shore, Pingyao, China • Mahjong, Kunstmuseum, Bern, Switzerland • China Contemporary Painting, Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio in Bologna, Bologna, Italy
2004 • Landscapes, Shanghai Gallery of Art, Shanghai, China • New Perspectives in Chinese Painting, Marella Art Gallery, Milan, Italy • China’s Photographic Painting, China Art Seasons Gallery, Beijing, China
2003 • Moyemode, Moyemobude, 798 Art Zone, Beijing, China • China Art Now, Marella Art Gallery, Milan, Italy
2002 • Contemporary Art Exhibition, Deduct Fabricate Copy, Beijing, China
2001 • Fake Reality, Beijing, China
1999 • Contemporary Art Show "Out-of-control", Beijing, China
1998 • Contemporary Art Exhibition, "In the City- Individuality", Beijing, China
Conclusions: Shi Xinning had already established his own style and the impact of the work had won him a strong reputation in Chinese art circles.
View Shi Xinning paintings, biography, solo exhibitions, group exhibitions and resource of Shi Xinning. View art online at The Saatchi Gallery - London contemporary art gallery.
One of his famous artwork