painting

Shi Xinning/ Shi Xinning

China 1969

Painting

Shi Xinning
Shi Xinning
Male
China
1969

Shi Xinning is a Chinese contemporary artist born in 1969 in Liaoning Province, best known for his series of oil paintings presenting an idealized, energetic Mao Zedong in the company of Hollywood stars, artists and political figures. Xinning received a formal education in art at the Lu Xun Academy of Fine Arts in Shenyang, Liaoning Province, graduating in 1990.

Trained in China, Shi Xinning’s paintings are influenced by both social realism and European styles. Using the authoritative qualities of both, Xinning embarks on history painting with a twist. Taking his imagery from iconic press photos, his canvases faithfully represent the world as we know it: the Yalta Conference in familiar 40s sepia tone, the Queen Mum in carriage emblazoned in newspaper black and white. It’s only on second glance that Xinning’s alterations become evident. Nestled between Churchill and FDR and conversing happily with royalty, Mao takes his place amongst the great leaders of the 20th century.

In China-fying history, Xinning investigates dynamics of both the west’s Eurocentric, and China’s isolationist past world views. Humorously illustrating the Chairman’s import and omnipresence in 20th c Chinese society his insertion of Mao into the fabric of western collective conscience seems entirely plausible. Infusing the totems of propaganda currency with a sense of normality and humility, Xinning re-authors the most cherished moments of collective memory with a “Forrest Gump” effect, creating a specious mythology based in Hollywood schmaltz and unabashed optimism.

Xinning portrays his scenes with a high level of detail, which gives his pictures a photorealistic appearance. He also uses very subtle brushwork, which helps support his illusion that his paintings are historical photos.

He has shown work internationally in many exhibitions including Mahjong at the Kunstmuseum in Bern, China Art Now at the Marella Gallery in Milan, China Contemporary Painting at Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio in Bologna, and Landscapes at the Shanghai Gallery of Art.

Artist lives and works in Beijing, China.



YearName of the exhibitionMuseum/GallerySolo/Group
2012The virtual placement of truth -Shi Xinning Solo ExhibitionWhite Box Art of Museum, Beijingsolo
2011History LessonsPekin Fine Arts, Beijing, Chinagroup
201115 Days: A Collaborative WorkWhite Box of Art Museum, Beijing, group
2010UnknownPekin Fine Arts, Beijing, Chinagroup
2009Tale of the Two CitiesArndt and Partner, Berlin, Germanysolo
2009CinaRinascita contemporanea, Palazzo Reale, Milano, Italygroup
2008Shi Xinning Solo ShowArndt and Partner, Zurich, Switzerlandsolo
2008Collection exhibition of Shi Xinning WorksSHINE Art Space, Shanghai, Chinasolo
2008Lovely Blossoms and Full Moon: Yuz Collection of Chinese Contemporary ArtYuz Art Museum Jakarta, Indonesia, group
2008Hypallage: The Post-Modern Mode of Chinese Contemporary ArtThe OCT Art & Design Gallery, Shenzhen, Chinagroup
2008The Revolution Continues: New Chinese ArtSaatchi Gallery, London, U.Kgroup
2008See History 2008Kunsthalle zu Kiel, Germany, group
2008Art xines contemporani de la colleccio SiggFundacio Joan Miro, Barcelona, Spaingroup
2008360°-Chinese Contemporary Art New VisionsTechnopolis, Athens, Greecegroup
2008La Cina E VicinaPalazzo Delle Arti Napoli, Italy, group
2008Free Zone: ChinaBSI, Lugano, Switzerlandgroup
2007PolyphonyArndt and Partner, Berlin, Germanysolo
2007Pocheon Asia Biennale 2007Pocheon, Korea, group
2007Black White GreyArt Now, Beijing, Chinagroup
2007Moscow Biennial, Chinese Contemporary SOCIAL ART ExhibitionThe State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow, Russiagroup
2007Remixed & Revisited: New Visions on ChinaArndt & Partner, Zurich, Switzerlandgroup
2006The Road Map of Painting IIBTAP, Beijing, Chinagroup
2006China CoupThe Red Mansion Foundation, London, UKgroup
2006The Self-made GenerationShanghai Zendai Museum of Modern Art, Shanghai, Chinagroup
2005The Other Shore of This ShorePingyao, Chinagroup
2005Ma Jiang, Exhibition of Mr. Uli Sigg CollectionBerne, Switzerlandgroup
2005The Road Map of Painting798 Space, Beijing, Chinagroup
2005Beyond TemporalityPingyao, China, group
2005Dream Producers (IV/VI)Xin Dong Cheng Space for Contemporary Art, Beijing, China group
2005Beijing StoriesThe Red Mansion Foundation, London, UKgroup
2005Mahjong – Chinese Gegenwartskunst aus der Sammlung SiggKunstmuseum Bern, Switzerland, group
2005China Contemporary PaintingFondazione Cassa di Risparmio, Bologna, Italygroup
2004Land ScapesShanghai Gallery of Art, Shanghai, Chinagroup
2004New Perspectives in Chinese PaintingMarella Arte Contemporanea, Milan, Italygroup
2004China’s Photographic PaintingChina Art Seasons, 798 Art Zone, Beijing, Chinagroup
2003Moyemode Moyemobude798 Art Zone, Beijing, Chinagroup
2003China Art NowMarella Arte Contemporanea, Milan, Italy group
2002Contemporary Art Exhibition – DeductFabricate, Copy, Beijing, Chinagroup
2001Fake RealityFun Art Gallery, Beijing, Chinasolo
1999Out-of-controlBeijing, China group
1998In the City- IndividualityBeijing, China group
1994Northeast China Contemporary Art ExhibitionShenyang, China group
1993China Biannual Oil Painting ExhibitionBeijing, Chinagroup