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MAO LIZI

Abstraction 2008-09-07

Medium : Oil on Canvas

Dimensions : 195×130㎝

Year : 2008

Markings : 20080909MLZ

Exhibition : 2011 真与幻-毛栗子新作展 亚洲艺术中心 北京

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Mao Lizi is a founding member of “The Stars Group”, which was established soon after China opened its doors after the Cultural Revolution. He became known internationally after taking part in the first two “Stars” art exhibitions, as well as “The Stars: 10 Years” show. Later he was appointed avisiting professor at the École Nationale des Beaux-Arts in Paris, which has become his permanent home ever since. In recent years Mao divides his time between Europe and China, and owns a studio in the 798 Art District in Beijing. His understanding and feelings about Chinese and Western culture is based on his real life experiences.

Mao’s early works are characterised by a hyperrealist style. His rendition of a wooden door from a Beijing courtyard house is stunningly lifelike, arresting the eye with details like a cigarette butt on the floor and a crack on the wall. His recent endeavours, however, show a different approach to art making through combining abstract elements with real objects. The paint brush and the paint marks it made are both very “real” – we can look at the brushstrokes and paint marks as “traces” left by abstraction, but the paint on the wall and cloth are nonetheless real objects from life, albeit highly symbolic in significance. Mao moves freely between hyperrealism and surrealism. Beneath the casual appeal of his art lies much thought and care in the planning of the works. The vast expanses ¬¬of blank white gave the compositions ample breathing space. At the same time, adopting the contrasting elements of the virtual and the real, the active and the passive found in Chinese traditional culture infuses his works with a new, interesting flavour and exciting possibilities.

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MAO LIZI1950 陕西,中国

北京,中国

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1950 Born in Shaanxi Province, China
1953 Moved to Beijing
1979 Member of the Stars Art Group
1981 Participated in China Artists Association
1986 Bachelor of Arts from Fine Arts Department of Beijing Normal University
1987 Master of Arts from the Department of Oil Painting, Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing
1989 Invited to the USA for the First Solo Exhibition at the Hefner Gallery
1990 Engaged as Visiting Professor at “Ecole National Superieure des Beaux-Arts”
1991 Awarded as First Place in the International Art Exhibition, Paris
1991-1999 Held exhibitions and engaged in artistic activities around the world, such as Europe, the USA and China
1998 Works selected in “Chinese Arts for 5000 Years” Exhibition, Guggenheim Museum, New York
2000 Keen on architecture and planning design
2005 Having started his new artistic practice on painting

Exhibitions
2011 Reality · Illusion – Mao Lizi Solo Exhibition, Asia Art Center, Beijing, China
2010 Spirit of the East II – Bridging, Asia Art Center, Beijing, China
A Flower is Not a Flower, Liechtenstein Art Center, the Principality of Liechtenstein
Reconstruction – Chinese Contemporary Abstract Art, Zhejiang Art Museum, Hangzhou; Today Art Museum, Beijing, China
2009 DAVOS World Economic Forum Tianjin Meeting, Binhai International Convention & Exhibition Centre, Tianjin, China
2008 The Water Went with the Wind, HMI Gallery, Beijing, China
2007 Origin Point, Today Art Museum, Beijing, China
2006 Beijing & Background, 798 La case Gallery, Beijing, China
2005 Fable & Language, 798 La case Gallery, Beijing, China
1999 Exhibition of Modern Art, Hanart Gallery, New York, USA
Oil Painting Exhibition, Hanart Gallery, Hong Kong, China
Associated Exhibition of Oil Painting, Oklahoma City, USA
1998 Chinese Arts for 5000 Years, Guggenheim Museum, New York, USA
Reckoning with the Past: Contemporary Chinese Painting, Otage Museum, Dunedin, New Zealand
1997 Reckoning with the Past: Contemporary Chinese Painting, Fundacao Oriente, Lisbon, Portugal
Reckoning with the Past: Contemporary Chinese Painting, Aberdeen Art Gallery, Aberdeen, Scotland
Through an Open Door, Hefner Gallery, New York, USA
1996 Reckoning with the Past: Contemporary Chinese Painting, Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh
1994 Two Artist Exhibition, Hanart Gallery, Hong Kong, China
1993 Group Exhibition Le Trompe-l’oeil Contemporain, Gallery Michelle Boulet, Paris, France
1992 Solo exhibition, Cite International des Art, Paris, France
1991 Group Exhibition: “Artists du Monde” (1st Prize), Gallery Bernaros, Paris, France
Group Exhibition: International Gallery Invitation, Hefner Gallery, Chicago, Illinois, USA
1990 Salon de Jeune Peinture, Grand Palais, Paris, France
Group Exhibition: International Gallery Invitation, Hefner Gallery, Chicago, Illinois, USA
Exhibition of Oil Painting, Orient Gallery, Beijing, China
1989 Solo Exhibition, Hefner Gallery, New York, USA
Group Exhibition: The Stars 10 Years, Taipei, Hong Kong, China; Paris, France
Group Exhibition, Oklahoma Museum of Art, Oklahoma, USA
Group Exhibition, Orient Gallery, Beijing, China
1988 National Oil Painting Exhibition, Shanghai Art Museum, Shanghai, China
Exhibition of Six Artists, Great Wall Sheraton Hotel Gallery, Beijing, China
1987
2nd International Art Palace Oil Painting Exhibition, National Art Museum of China, Beijing, China
Exhibition of Chinese Contemporary Painting, Hefner Gallery, New York, USA
Tour Exhibition of Contemporary Chinese Painting, Japan
Exhibition of Oil Painting, Huafangzhai, Beijing, China
Salon d’Automne, Grand Palais, Paris, France
1986
1st International Art Palace Oil Painting, National Art Museum of China, Beijing, China
2nd Association Exhibition of Young Artists from Beijing, National Art Museum of China, Beijing, China
1985 Contemporary Oil Painting Exhibition, National Art Museum of China, Beijing, China
1st Association Exhibition of Young Artists from Beijing, National Art Museum of China, Beijing, China
Exhibition “Blue Sky”, National Art Museum of China, Beijing, China
1984 35th Anniversary of People’s Republic of China Exhibition, National Art Museum of China, Beijing, China
1981 2nd National Exhibition of Young Chinese Artists, National Art Museum of China, Beijing, China
1980 2nd Stars Collective Exhibition, National Art Museum of China, Beijing, China
1979 1st Stars Collective Exhibition, Huafangzhai, Beijing, China

Public and Private Collections
Johnson CHANG Tsong-zung, famous international curator and art critic and the director of the Hanart TZ gallery, Hong Kong;
Wu Erlu, Chinese scholar from Yale University;
Sir David Tang, the founder of China Club in Beijing, Hong Kong and Singapore;
Houa Gerard, France
Guy & Myriam Ullens, Belgium;
Mr. Klaus Schwab, the founder and Chairman of DAVOS World Economic Forum;
Baron Eric de Rothschild, Chateau Lafite Rothschild;
Michael Wang, President of My Humble House Co. Ltd., and famous collector;
Hong Huang, media professional, the CEO of the China Interactive Media Group (CIMG), and the director and publisher of the iLOOK magazine;
Du Ge, the owner of Duge Courtyard Boutique Hotel;
Ai Xuan, famous realistic Chinese painter;
Fang Lijun, famous contemporary Chinese artist;
Gu Changwei / Jiang Wenli, famous Chinese movie director / actress;
Feng Xiaogang / Xu Fan, famous Chinese movie director / actress

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