Chinese artist Xiao Xu is considered a representative artist from the 80s generation in China who began to “reconstruct traditional aesthetics, hoping to reinvent artistic forms and styles with rich historical and cultural resource as well as to change existing narrative structure and incorporate contemporary vocabularies.”
His works remind us of the landscape paintings by great artists from Tang, Sung, Yuan, and Ming dynasties. Covered in cloud and mist, his subjects are an assemblage of things that don’t seem to be related to one another–a white peacock and a series of mosques and buildings, a massive pine tree that reaches the sky, opened books that look like flying birds around a hole that resembles the tree hole in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. This creates a magical realism that pervades in most of his works.
Source: Exhibition notes