Mamat Aniwar is a Uighur painter, best known for his large and mainly abstract oil paintings that incorporate motifs of Uighur culture. He has also painted a large number of paintings with ink and watercolor on Korean paper and worked with more figurative and universal motifs related mainly to sexuality and life, such as sperms, sex organs and female bodies.
Mamat was born in 1962 in Kashgar. He arrived on the scene just as Chinese contemporary art was breaking new aesthetic ground with the 1985 New Wave movement. What separates Aniwar from most of his contemporaries is the apparent lack of any Chinese elements in his work. After a short period of study in 1980 at the Tianjin Institute of Art and Design, he worked between 1981 and 1984 as a carpet designer in the Xinjiang Woven Carpet Design Centre. Between 1985 and 1987 he studied oil painting at the Central University for Nationalities in Beijing, and he is currently teaching at the School of Arts and Design in the capital.
Aniwar’s oil paintings combine modern Western techniques and styles with patterns, forms, colors and textures that draw upon traditional Central Asian and Islamic architecture, carpets and textiles. Another source of inspiration evident in his work is the landscape, fauna, and flora of the deserts of Xinjiang. In this unique combination Aniwar offers an important alternative to the dominant visual representation of Uighur culture in China, which either sticks to the revolutionary socialist realist style, or tends to paint it with orientalistic and exotic.
Aniwar is hailed as one of China’s most innovative and bold artists and his work has been presented in numerous exhibitions in China and abroad.
Mamat Aniwar currently lives and works in Beijing.
|Year||Name of the exhibition||Museum/Gallery||Solo/Group|
|2015||Sun, Water and Wind||Pekin Fine Arts, Beijing, China||Solo|
|2014||Decorum: Carpets And Tapestries By Artists||Power Station of Art, Shanghai, China||Group|
|2013||Why Paint||Pekin Fine Arts, Beijing, China||Group|
|2011||Wind Without Rain||Platform China Contemporary Art Institute Space A, Beijing, China||Solo|
|2011||SH Contemporary 2011||Shangha, China||Group|
|2010||Art Beijing||Beijing, China||Group|
|2009||Cristobal Ortega - Aniwar||Edificio Instituto Cervantes, Beijing, China||Solo|
|2009||Music to My Eyes - The First Exhibition of FAT ART||Today Art Museum, Beijing, China||Group|
|2008||Subt Lety||Platform China Contemporary Art Institute Space A, Beijing, China||Solo|
|2008||Accumulation||Pekin Fine Arts, China||Group|
|2001||Look At Me - Touch Me||CourtYard Gallery, Beijing, China||Solo|
|2000||New Works||CourtYard Gallery, Beijing, China||Solo|
|1998||Media Wave Art Exhibition||Chungarian, China||Group|
|1997||Aniwar - Recent Works||Red Gate Gallery, Beijing, China||Solo|
|1997||New National Chinese Painting Exhibition||National Art Gallery of China, Beijing, China||Group|
|1997||Chinese Contemporary Oil Painting Exhibition||Singapore||Group|
|1997||Exhibition of Works Featured in the 1994-1998 BHP Calendars of Contemporary Chinese Art||Red Gate Gallery, Beijing, China||Group|
|1996||Fifth Anniversary Exhibition||Red Gate Gallery, Beijing, China||Group|
|1995||Looking East||Irvine Valley College, Irvine, USA||Group|
|1995||Aniwar and Song Yonghong Oil Paintings||Ammonal Art Gallery, Beijing, China||Group|
|1994||Aniwar at Tom Lamb Studios||Tom Lamb Studios, Laguna Beach, USA||Solo|
|1994||China Art Expo||Guangzhou, China||Group|
|1993||Aniwar - Recent Paintings||Red Gate Gallery, Beijing, China||Solo|
|1993||Spring Oil Painting Exhibition||China Daily Gallery, Beijing, China||Group|
|1993||Unknown||Red Gate Gallery, Beijing, China||Group|
|1993||Second Contemporary Art Exhibition of National Minorities||Beijing, China||Group|
|1992||Aniwar||Somerstown Gallery, New York, USA||Solo|
|1991||Chinese Annual Oil Painting Exhibition||China Art Gallery, Beijing, China||Group|
|1991||Unknown||Red Gate Gallery, Beijing, China||Group|
|1988||Contemporary Art Exhibition of National Minorities||Central Institute of National Minorities, Beijing, China||Group|
|1987||Qunqing Oil Painting Exhibition||Central Institute of National Minorities, Beijing, China||Group|
|1985||Aniwar||Art Magazine, Beijing, China||Solo|
|1984||New Carpets International Fair||West Germany||Group|
|1984||Unknown||Central Institute of National Minorities, Beijing, China||Group|