Gao Qiang was born in 1957, in Dalian, Liaoning Province, China. He began his artistic career from 1994 in the Painters’ Village in Yuanmingyuan.
Gao Qiang’s paintings are influenced by both social realism and European styles. Using the authoritative qualities of both, he embarks on history painting with a twist. Taking his imagery from iconic press photos, Gao Qiang’s works contain two elements. One is the faithful reproduction of ‘real events’ from newspapers, the other element is combined details based on his own imagination. The premise is to present the audience with a different reality. Our supposed ‘reality’ is derived from different media, including the newspaper. The artist questions this kind of ‘reality’. Gao canvases coherently yet including represent the world as we know it.
In China-fying history, Gao Qiang investigates dynamics of both the west’s Eurocentric, and China’s isolationist past world views. Beneath his paintings lies the intriguing proposition: how differently things might have turned out if only a little thing like ideology didn’t get in the way.
Illustrating the Chairman’s import and omnipresence in 20th Chinese society, Gao Qiang re-authors the most cherished moments of collective memory with a ‘Forrest Gump’ effect, creating a specious mythology based in unabashed optimism.
2014 The First China – ASEAN Art Biennial (Nanning, Guangxi)
2013 Der letzen zehn jahre, a retrospective; Kunsthalle Neuffer am Park, Germany
2011 Phillips de pury & company auction,London
2010 Red River – Gao Qiang;Galerie Albert Benamou, Paris
2009 Art Paris – Grand Palais; Paris
2009 Art Basel – Miami Beach; Miami
2008 The Swimming Mao Zedong, published in the fifth edition of National Geography, 2008
2007 RAAB Gallery, Joint exhibition; Berlin
2006 October/Ten People, joint exhibition; Rain Gallery, 798 art zone
2006 Open exhibition of artists’ studio in Shangyuan
2006 Grey Red, joint exhibition; New Art project in 798 Art Zone
2006 Solo Exhibition, DPD Gallery, Frankfurt
2005 China-Wasbeibf, Galerie 99; Aschaffenurger, Germany
2004 Beijing Artists’ Painting Exhibition, Geyuntang Gallery, Beijing
2003 China Mainland Artists Gallery joint Exhibition
2003 Dialogue Series Exhibition, Sunny Art Salon, Beijing
2002 Exhibition of Shangyuan artists’ works; Center of Science, Education & Culture, Macau
2001 Red Wave – Solo Exhibition;Muse Gallery, Beijing
1997-2000 Painted the large series of paintings, The Times of China
1996 The Trace of Fish, #1,2,4,5,7; The Awakening China – China Contemporary Art Exhibition, Bonn, Germany
1996 The Trace of Fish, #3; China Guardian Auctions, Beijing
1995 Four Artists’ Works, Songfengxuan Gallery, Beijing
1985 Inside the Red Chamber, Beijing-Dalian oil paintings Joint Exhibition; Nation Art Museum of China