Xiao Shunzhi

The tradition of art is continuous:  past creations are tradition for today, and today's creation will be future traditions.  Tradition is like a maze.  If you don't know it intimately, once inside it,  you won't be able to find your way out.  Really knowing tradition allows you to enter and exit it at will.  Studying tradition and nature are both important; I prefer to face nature while contemplating, choosing, and creating tradition.

Ink is the most basic element with which a Chinese artist expresses feelings.  The change of order that the ink shows in a painting is the materialization of change of order in the painter's mind.  Its expression is form, but it obeys the mind.

In my view, the reason substantive artists fascinate us is not only their painting skills, but also their works' everlasting vitality.  Repetition of skillful touches by themselves can be lifeless, whereas vitality is a window on the liveliness of the mind and immortality of the soul. My artwork often ends in failure.  But, fortunately, I often find certain "sparks" in my failed pieces.  And it is the "sparks" that give me inspiration, courage, and hope, and enable me to keep on failing without fear of failure.

Xiao Shunzhi Artwork

"Sweet Soliloquy #4"

70" x 37"

"Sweet Soliloquy #7"

70" x 37"

Born 1956. Guilin, Guangxi Province

1984  B.F.A. Guangxi Art Institute

1991   Advanced Study, Department of Chinese Painting,  Fine Arts Institute of China, Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province

1992   Advanced Study, Fine Arts Institute of Guangzhou (Canton), Guangdong Province

Lives and teaches in Guilin

Selected Exhibitions

2004  Solo Exhibitions, Florida, Wisconsin, and Kentucky

2003  Solo Exhibitions, Beijing and Chicago

2001  Solo Exhibition, Beihai, Guangxi Province

1998  Contemporary Chinese Landscape and Oil Painting Exhibitions, Beijing, Shanghai, and Guangzhou