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Xi Zhang’s paintings manifest the psychological weight experienced in moments of turmoil and tribulations. In his oneiric narratives, melancholia is a familiar companion – overbearing landscapes and foreboding atmospheres suppress his lonely protagonists, obscuring the delineation of fantasy and reality. Conflating the styles of the East and the West, Zhang’s luscious brushstrokes recall water-colored mountains of antique Chinese scrolls, but also the staining of the Abstract Expressionists such as Helen Frankenthaler. It is upon Zhang’s cathartic vistas that such polarities congeal.

Born in 1984 in Kaifeng, China, Xi Zhang completed his studies in painting at China’s Beijing Institute of Art and Design. He moved to the United States to further his artistic training at Denver, Colorado’s Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in painting from RMCAD in 2008, and that same year was recognized by then Denver Post art critic Kyle MacMillan as the “Emerging Artist of the Year” for his “well developed, surprisingly mature vision.” Zhang continued from there with his masters studies in painting at the University of Colorado, Boulder, receiving his MFA from the institution in 2011. That same year he was named one of the “12 Best Colorado Artists Under 35” as well as one of seven “Pathfinders” in the arts also by MacMillan in the Denver Post.

Zhang has presented his work in a number of notable solo exhibitions in Denver and in 2011 he was commissioned by CNN for their “Ripple” online international art project in commemoration of the ten year anniversary of 9/11, with his painting receiving more than four million hits from the news channels website. Later that year Zhang delivered a Logan Lecture at the Denver Art Museum as part of the prestigious series’ fall focus on International Contemporary Chinese Artists. In 2012 Zhang received his United States citizenship as an “Artist of extraordinary ability,” paving his way forward towards a career as a US-based artist. His work has been acquired by some of the most prominent contemporary collectors and curators in the state of Colorado. In 2016, he completed a 3-month residency with Marc Straus Gallery in New York, resulting in a new body of work.

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Selected Works
2017
Acrylic on Canvas
58 x 72 inches -  Marc Straus Gallery
Job's Legacy

2017
Acrylic on Canvas
58 x 72 inches

2017
Acrylic on Canvas
58 x 72 inches -  Marc Straus Gallery
Dung Beetle II

2017
Acrylic on Canvas
58 x 72 inches

2017
Acrylic on Canvas
58 x 72 inches -  Marc Straus Gallery
Limbo

2017
Acrylic on Canvas
58 x 72 inches

2016
Oil on Canvas
72 x 58 inches -  Marc Straus Gallery
Storm

2016
Oil on Canvas
72 x 58 inches

2017
Oil on Canvas
58 x 72 inches -  Marc Straus Gallery
The Emperor's New Clothes

2017
Oil on Canvas
58 x 72 inches

2017
Acrylic on Canvas
58 x 72 inches -  Marc Straus Gallery
Purgatory Chapter I Cocoon

2017
Acrylic on Canvas
58 x 72 inches

2017
Acrylic on Canvas
60 x 72 inches -  Marc Straus Gallery
Purgatory Chapter IV Sisyphus

2017
Acrylic on Canvas
60 x 72 inches

2017
Oil on Canvas
72 x 58 inches -  Marc Straus Gallery
Purgatory Chapter VII Dolls

2017
Oil on Canvas
72 x 58 inches

2014
Acrylic on Canvas
58 x 72 inches -  Marc Straus Gallery
The Mountain Man Bob

2014
Acrylic on Canvas
58 x 72 inches

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