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Zhao Xiao Hai 赵小海

Zhao Xiao Hai 赵小海

Zhao Xiao Hai’s works are about light and movement. He is a recognized master of forest scenes, and the play of light observed through the dense leaves of the woodlands are one of his signature compositions. Working almost exclusively with black ink, Zhao leaves sparse, unpainted white space to create dramatic landscapes washed in shadows.

At first glance, Zhao’s ink-heavy creations are often mistaken for black and white photographs. Closer inspection reveals a complex weave of layers that convey an amazing sense of depth. His forest scenes make use of strong horizontal lines to create a tightly bound composition and harmonious visual cohesion, and he makes use of dynamic diagonal lines to create a sense of movement.

Zhao Xiao Hai 赵小海

Zhao Xiao Hai was born in 1961, and he graduated from the Stage Department of the National Academy of Chinese Theatre Arts. He completed his postgraduate studies at the China Central Academy of Fine Arts, under the tutelage of Professor Jia You Fu. Zhao Xiao Hai is currently the Vice-Dean of the College of the Arts of Hebei University.

Zhao Xiao Hai’s works are about light and movement. He is a recognized master of forest scenes, and the play of light observed through the dense leaves of the woodlands are one of his signature compositions. Working almost exclusively with black ink, Zhao leaves sparse, unpainted white space to create dramatic landscapes washed in shadows.

At first glance, Zhao’s ink-heavy creations are often mistaken for black and white photographs. Closer inspection reveals a complex weave of layers that convey an amazing sense of depth. His forest scenes make use of strong horizontal lines to create a tightly bound composition and harmonious visual cohesion, and he makes use of dynamic diagonal lines to create a sense of movement.

Solo Exhibition

2014 Solo Exhibition held at the Palazzo Medici Riccardi, Florence
2012 Third Solo Exhibition Tour held at the Shanghai Art Museum
2011 Second Solo Exhibition Tour held at the National Art Museum of China, Beijing
2011 First Solo Exhibition Tour held at the Baoding Art Museum, Hebei
2010 Solo Exhibition held in Singapore and Malaysia
2007 Solo Exhibition held at the Baoding Art Museum, Hebei
2007 Solo Exhibition held at the Shijiazhuang Art Museum, Hebei

Group Exhibitions

2018 Art Stage 2018, White Space Art Asia
2017 Art Stage 2017, White Space Art Asia
2014 The Spirit of Chinese Ink - Contemporary Chinese Ink Painting Exhibition, Mima Sinan Güzelar Sanatl aüniversitiesi Müdürü, Turkey
2014 Imagerie, Chinese Contemporary Ink and Sculpture Exhibition, Hall of Honour at the Grand Palais in Paris
2014 Un Nuevo Horizonte, Chinese Contemporary Art Exhibition, National Art Museum of China
2014 Artwork selected for the 10th Florence Biennale and awarded a gold medallion, Florence, Italy
2012 Six works selected for the 9th Florence Biennale and awarded a gold medallion, Florence, Italy
2012 Artwork selected for the 5th Beijing International Art Biennale, China
2008 Artwork selected for the 3rd Beijing International Art Biennale, China
2007 Artwork selected for the Fourth Session of Excellent Works Exhibition of Nationwide Painting Academies and awarded the Excellent Prize
2004 The 10th Chinese National Fine Arts Exhibition, Beijing
1998 The 13rd New Artist New Work Exhibition organized by the China Artist Association, Beijing

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