Miao Xiaochun, born in 1964, in Wuxi, Jiangsu Province, is a Chinese multidisciplinary artist best known for his large scale photographs, often assembled panoramas, of modern Chinese cityscapes. He also creates painting, sculptural installations and 3D animations.
Xiaochun received his bachelor’s degree and graduated from Nanjing University in 1986. Three years later he graduated from the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing, China and from Kassel Academy of Fine Arts in Germany in 1999 for two master degrees. Until now he is teaching Art Photography and Digital Media at the Central Academy of Fine Arts.
Miao Xiaochun creates expansive photographic works that document the realities of contemporary Chinese cities and affirm the relationship between the inhabitants and the constructed spaces. He also uses digital technology to create entirely new conceptual worlds, often as 3D animations. As an artist he has made a conscious choice to use contemporary tools, however, he retains his belief in the traditional concepts and aesthetic principles of Chinese art. His signature element is the presence of “He”, a figure in ancient Chinese costume. Other works include computer graphics installations such as The Last Judgement in Cyberspace, a 3D monochrome reworking of Michelangelo’s The Last Judgment from the Sistine Chapel replacing every figure with a virtual model of Miao himself.
Xiaochun's recent work involves the development of paintings from the canon of Western art history into computer models. These works are expanded from their two-dimensional origins into a rich virtual space complete with enhanced depth and volume. The resulting large-scale photographs retain the semblance of the historical work, but are freed from past temporal associations to become ephemeral and utterly contemporary.
He has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions in his native China as well as in Berlin, Seoul, Chicago, New York, Madrid, Rome, among others.
Xiaochun is currently based in Beijing.