About Zhang Xiaogang - 关于张晓刚

 

Zhang Xiaogang was born in 1958 in Yunnan Province, China. He lives and works in Beijing. Over the past few decades, Zhang Xiaogang has gained much international recognition for his surrealistic family portraits, the so-called Bloodlines. These are almost-mono­chrome portraits of Chinese people shown with oversized faces and eyes with large, dark pupils that stare fixedly into space. The pictures mime the stylized family photo­graphs of the 1950s and 1960s, which became popular during the Cultural Revolution. They are in the same black, white and grey shades, the only contrasting feature being the ‘bloodlines’, the thin red lines across the picture. A few faces stand out in bright red or yellow, bringing the individual into focus. Red and yellow were recurring sym­bolic colours under Chairman Mao, and everywhere in Zhang Xiaogang’s pictures, there are references to China’s recent history.

 

张晓刚1958年生于中国云南,现工作生活于北京。过去的几十年里,张晓刚以超现实主义的”大家庭”肖像(《血缘》系列)获得国际高度的认可。画面中几乎单一色调的中国人有着超出正常尺寸的脸和眼睛,大大的黑色瞳孔直直地望向远方。画作模仿了文革时期十分流行的老照片风格。作品处于黑白灰的阴影中,唯一突出的是那条从中穿过代表着“血缘”的红线。几张亮红和亮黄色的脸在画面中脱颖而出,成为被关注的个体焦点。红色和黄色同样是毛时期的象征色,在张晓刚的画面里处处充满着对中国近代史的参考。

Portrait Zhang Xiaogang