Ai Xuan
Tranquil February
Oil on Canvas
73 x 61 cm
1 of 3

Chinese, b. 1947

Born in Hebei province in 1947, Ai Xuan graduated from the Central Academy of Fine Arts Preparatory School in 1967. During the tumultuous Cultural Revolution, Ai Xuan was sent by the government to train in hard labor at a military farm in Tibet from 1969 to 1973. This early life experience provided him with the subject matter for much of his artwork, which often depicts scenes and people he encountered during his time in Tibet. After being awarded the Silver medal at the Second National Exhibition of Young Artists in China in 1981, Ai Xuan continued to accrue accolades and recognition through numerous solo exhibitions, record auction sales, and features in international publications such as the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Art Journal, and the Christian Science Monitor. Ai Xuan is also a member of the Chinese Artists’ Association, a professor at the Beijing Painting Institute, and co-founder of the China Realists group in Beijing.

Selected Public Collections:
Fine Arts Museum of China, Beijing, China
Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, Fukuoka, Japan
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, USA

Selected Exhibitions:
“Smile after the three armed services” National Art Exhibition, Beijing, China, 1977
“Defend” National Art Exhibition, Beijing, China, 1978
“Snow” Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, Fukuoka, Japan, 1986
“She gone, did not say what is” Cagne 18th International Art Exhibition, France, 1986
Haffnerk Gallery, New York, USA, 1987
“Child”, Monte Carlo, Morocco, 1989
“Chinese Realist School of Painting” Beijing, China, 2005

Selected Awards and Accolades:
“Silver medal” Second National Exhibition of Young Artists in China, 1981
“Outstanding Works Prize” Sichuan, 1981
“Silver medal” Asian Art Award, 1986