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  • ZHOU Zixi
  • Birthdate: 1970
    Lives and Works in: China | Shanghai
    Born in 1970, Zhou Zixi currently lives and works in Shanghai. Since the beginning of his career in 1994, Zhou’s brushstrokes progressively evolved to depict national and population’s trauma, collective memory and oblivion, individual alienation, events and crisis of our era. Developed from researches on history and literature, and the artist’s concern on human suffering, the paintings - profoundly narrative – use different angles to expand and create interactions between various aspects of time and space, society and individual, politics and culture, disaster and daily life among others. A relation is then built between the works, which mutually complement and reflect one another while generating an epic perspective. The artist regards his artistic career as an ideal construction, which permeates the sadness and absurdity of the entire history of human civilization. The “landscapes” and “classmates” series constitute an important backbone of this giant building.

    Zhou’s landscapes paintings, rich in allusions and metaphors, are based on ordinary and disregarded landscapes in China. The regular presence of water alludes to openness and diversified orientations: water symbolizes time, history, it is the wave and the movement, but also the flow of countless ordinary people, it is the undercurrent of thoughts and emotions. It reflects disaster and resistance, impact and annihilation, and points to endless dark tide as well as endless injustice. The plants, mountains and earth mounds filled with vitality, tenacity and forbearance refer to humility, manifesting a depth beyond the scenery.

    “Classmates” consist of a series of portraits based on ordinary people’s fate within the process of history. They don’t only depict common individuals, they also represent the alienation and destruction of the individual within institutional and political life over an extended period of time. For the viewer, these portraits although showing unknown people present a certain familiarity.

    These landscapes with strong feelings and allusions associated to the “classmates” portraits provide a physiognomy of a deep and complex era. They are the people who live in these landscapes, and their faces imply time, history and fate.

    Without emphasizing colors, shapes and spaces, Zhou’s painting techniques mostly use drips, chaotic, fast and strong brushstrokes together with thin coatings and convey a strong desire for expression of ideas and emotions.

    Zhou Zixi was born in Jiangxi province in 1970. He currently lives and works in Shanghai. Recent solo exhibitions include The Longing the Distant Worlds Aroused Spoke More to the Home Than to Anything Unknown, Powerlong Museum, Shanghai (2021); Spring Outing in Xiaogang, MadeIn Gallery (2015), Late Spring and Early Summer, ShanghART Beijing (2011); China 1946-1949, ShanghART H-Space, Shanghai (2008); Interiors, BüroFriedrich, Berlin, Germany (2006); Happy Life, Zhou Zixi Solo exhibition, BizART, Shanghai (2005). Recent exhibition include 11th Shanghai Biennale, Why Not Ask Again?, PSA, Shanghai (2016); China 8, Contemporary Art from China at the Rhine and Ruhr, Lehmbruck Museum, Duisburg (2015); First Kyiv International Biennial of Contemporary Art, Kyiv (Kiev), Ukraine (2012); China Power Station - part 4, Pinacoteca Agnelli, Torino, Italy (2010); China Power Station: Part II, Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art, Oslo, Norway (2007).
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    • Lost Landscape 50

      Painting | Oil on canvas | 100 × 80 cm | 2021

    • Such Beautiful Woods

      Painting | OIL ON CANVAS | 200 × 300 cm | 2016

    • Lost Landscape 05

      Painting | Oil on canvas | 30 × 40 cm | 2019

    • Lost Landscape 06

      Painting | Oil on canvas | 30 × 40 cm | 2019

    • Lost Landscape 46

      Painting | Oil on canvas | 80 × 110 cm | 2020

    • Debris Flows 016

      Painting | Oil on canvas | 80 × 100 cm | 2020

    • Lost Landscape 48

      Painting | Oil on canvas | 60 × 80 cm

    • Lost Landscape 44

      Painting | Oil on canvas | 60 × 80 cm | 2020

    • Debris Flows 012

      Painting | Oil on canvas | 80 × 110 cm | 2020

    • Lost Landscape 49

      Painting | Oil on canvas | 60 × 80 cm | 2020