Xia Xiaowan was born in Beijing in 1959. He graduated from the Third Studio of Oil Painting Department of the Central Academy of Fine Arts in 1982. In 1983 and 1984 Xia Xiaowan worked as an art Editor in China Machinery Publishing.
He currently lives in Beijing and works as a professor of Stagecraft Department of the Central Academy of Drama.
Chinese Artist Xia Xiaowan paints on multiple sheets of glass to create ethereal three-dimensional paintings. Xia Xiaowan surpasses the boundaries of painting and establishes a new way of "looking" at paintings.
He draws his inspiration and method from X-ray photographs, giving two-dimensional painting a three-dimensional effect.
He combines material, technology and painting, thus maintaining the hand-made qualities of painting while adding elements of installation and sculptural art and displaying the cold, absurd and strange qualities of realism.
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