Xi Zhang was born in 1984 in Kaifeng, China and studied painting at China’s Beijing Institute of Art and Design. To advance in his artistic career, Zhang attended the Colorado’s Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design in Denver, Colorado and received his BFA in painting and drawing. In 2011, Zhang graduated from the University of Colorado Boulder, Zhang with an MFA in painting and drawing. Zhang has gallery representation at both Marc Straus Gallery in New York City, NY and PLUS Contemporary Gallery in Denver, Colorado. Zhang’s most recent accomplishments in the art world include being a part of the Celeste Prize winners exhibition at The Bargehouse, OXO Tower gallery, London UK and receiving the Celeste Prize in Painting Finalist. He was also part of the group shows: 100 Asian artists from all around Asia at the Gallery LVS, Seoul, South Korea; National Juried Competition—Works on Paper 2017 at Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts & Sciences, Loveladies, NJ; and Time Zone Converter at the Korean Cultural Center in Beijing, China. As for his recent solo shows, he exhibited artworks in Shelter of Desire at Arts Brookfield, Denver, Colorado. Currently he lives and teaches in Salt Lake City, Utah.
In Xi Zhang’s most recent series, the Metallic Leaf Garden, he explores both the conscious and subconscious. Through the use of color, subject, and by subverting the audience’s gaze, Zhang explores a surreal sense of reality and creates an environment for the subject that analyzes the mood, the subject’s internal strife, and perhaps their personality.
Xi Zhang’s Second Memories Series mixes contemporary pop culture with traditional Eastern style of art, similar to Ukiyo-e. These paintings on paper, or gold leaf, reflect our technological age, employing humor in the process. By mashing up traditional Chinese calligraphic painting techniques with supremely modern subject matter, the artist invites us to consider how our current social behaviors will stand up to the test of time.
About the Exhibition
Collectivity investigates points of connection between artists from two significant artist collectives based out of the Western United States – Hyperlink (Colorado) and Durden and Ray (Los Angeles) in back-to-back exhibits across two states. Currently on view at Durden and Ray in Downtown Los Angeles through August 25, 2018 - http://www.durdenandray.com/exhibitions/