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China’s most important painter and his iconic series – Zhang Xiaogang

China’s most important painter and his iconic series – Zhang Xiaogang

Zhang Xiaogang - Bloodline Series - Father and Son
Zhang XiaogangBloodline Series – Father and Son

Why Zhang Xiaogang started painting

Contemporary artist, Zhang Xiaogang, was born in Kunming in China’s Yunnan province in 1958 and was the third of four brothers. Zhang’s mother, Qi Ailan, taught Zhang how to draw in order to preoccupy him so that he would stay out of trouble. Zhang has made waves with his paintings in his predominantly monochromatic Bloodline series, which are stylized portraits of Chinese people, posed stiff and upright, in a manner that is deliberately reminiscent of family portraits from the 1950s and 1960s.

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