Chinese Ink and Colour on Silk 50cm(H)x60cm(W) 2018
Chinese Ink and Colour on Silk 50cm(H)x50cm(W) 2018
Zhang Xiaoli was born in 1989 in Guizhou, China. She received the Ms Chu Lam Yiu Scholarship and moved to Hong Kong in 2008 to pursue higher education at Chinese University of Hong Kong, where she received her BA with first honours in Fine Arts and Biology in 2014. During the graduation show, she received Y.S Hui Fine Arts Award and Wucius Wong Creative Ink Painting Award. She is now pursuing graduate study at Central Academy of Fine Arts.
Zhang’s works replace elements in Chinese landscape painting – trees, mountains, rocks and figures – with depictions of Lego bricks, as a contemporary way to create dialogues with traditions. In the “Boxed Landscape” series, she uses this language to paint surreal scenes of landscape in daily objects, as a depiction of memories and experiences.
1989 Born in Guizhou, China
2008 Move to Hong Kong and studied at Chinese University of Hong Kong
2010 Exchange student at University of California at Berkeley
2014 Bachelor, First Honour, double major in Fine Arts and Biology
Chinese University of Hong Kong
2018 Started Graduate study at Central Academy of Fine Arts at Beijing
2018 Affordable Art Fair – Young Talented Program 2018 HKCEC, Hong Kong
2017 Contemporary Neoclassic – Hong Kong Ink Art Daguan Gallery, Taipei
2017 Ink Asia 2017 HKCEC, Hong Kong
2016 Beijing Youth Art Biennale Today Art Museum, Beijing
2015 Sense HKU Art Museum, Hong Kong
2014 Fresh Trend 2014 City Hall, Hong Kong
2014 Fine Art Asia HKCEC, Hong Kong
2014 The Art of CUHK 2014 – Graduation Show CU Art Museum, Hong Kong
In north part of China, when spring comes and every creature wakes up, flowers bloom before leaves turn green. When I drove pass the flower sea, just a glimpse impressed me a lot. With only blossoms without leaves, it was so lively and glorious. However, the flowers season lasts only a few days to a week. Next time when I visit, the woods have turned emerald with no hints of those flowers.
I past an ancient temple when I went hiking. Hidden in the morning mist and green woods, companied by bird singing and stream murmuring, the temple rested in such peace and quietness. However, soon afterwards we heard in regret that the temple would be demolished soon as property developers aimed to turn it to a resort.
April, Secluded– the two works keep using the Lego Landscapewith less elements to pursue purity and peace. Fast food containers imply their transience.