Artworks by Mao Xuhui

Burial Place • Lying Scissors by Mao Xuhui

195 x 285 cm
Acrylic on Canvas

Kunming • Good Times by Mao Xuhui

220 x 300 cm
Acrylic on Canvas

Mao Xuhui


1956 Born in Chongqing, Sichuan, China
1982 Graduated from the Yunnan Art Academy,Yunnan, China

Mao Xuhui, the idealistic leader of the mid-1980s Southwest Art Group, which included renowned artists Zhang Xiaogang and Pan Dehai, has never strayed far from Kunming and Gui Mountain in Yunnan province, the wellspring of his creativity.

Like many of his contemporaries, mainland artist Mao Xuhui has developed a kind of branding identity for his work through the repeated use of certain symbols and figurative objects. But while it’s no surprise to find a variety of chair and scissor paintings, the artist insists that his works are far from “simple acts of repetition”.

“Although each of my paintings offers a similar image or content, it also presents vast possibilities of expression,” says Mao, who was heavily influenced by expressionism in his early days. “I don’t think I’ve exhausted the idea or I’d be looking for a change,” he continues. “Once you give a new meaning that’s not inherent in the chairs and the scissors, you have to take responsibility for it. You have to make your meanings clear — sometimes with more than one or two paintings, or more than a few words. It takes time to finish the process.”

As a logical metaphor for the tradition of central authority in China, the recurrent motif of paternal power in Mao’s work was first established in the late-1980s as a response to the historical context of the time.
Selected Exhibitions:

ROAD Mao Xuhui’s Drawing Course 1973-2007, Red Bridge Gallery, Shanghai (solo)

Mao Xuhui:30 Years An Artist, Hong Kong Arts Centre, Hong Kong (solo)
In 10 one ‘feels’ 1997-2007 parallel exhibitions
New Interface Searching the Future, Back to the Gui Mountain, Soobin Art Gallery, Singapore

Create History: Chinese Contemporary Art form the 80s of the 20th Century, OCT Contemporary Art Terminal, Shenzhen
Academic State: Chinese Contemporary Artists Invitational Exhibition, Nanjing Museum, Nanjing

Air of Destiny’, Shenzhen Art Museum, Shenzhen, China
Contrasts and Contradictions, Contrasts Gallery, Shanghai, China
In Honor of 85, Shanghai Liu Haisu Art Museum, Shanghai, China
Scissors–Mao Xuhui, Nordica Gallery, Kunming, China

Mao Xuhui: Scissors, Hanart TZ Gallery, Hong Kong (solo)
Awakening: La France Mandarine—The French Influence on Chinese Art, Shanghai Urban Planning Center, National Art Museum of China
Yunnan Contemporary Art Exhibition, Museum of California State University, California, USA.

From China with Art, Galeri Nasional Indonesia, Jakarta, Indonesia
Embracing The New Century–The Third Chinese Oil Painting Exhibition, National Art Museum of China, Beijing, China
Guiyang Biennial of Oil Painting, Guiyang, China

Guangzhou Triennial, Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou, China
China–Korea Contemporary Painting Exhibition, Seoul Arts Center, Seoul, Korea

Dream 2001 Chinese Contemporary Art Exhibition, The Red Mansion Ltd, London, England
Made by China, Galerie Enrico Navarra, Paris, France

Tale of Two Cities-Asian Contemporary Art Exhibition, London, UK

Chinese Art Exhibition, LIMN Gallery, San Francisco, USA
Scissors, Mao Xuhui”, Hanart TZ Gallery, Hong Kong (solo)

Inside Out: New Chinese Art, Asia Society and P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center, New York; Museum of Modern Art and Asia Art Museum of San Francisco, San Francisco, USA and Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Monterrey, Mexico
China’s New Art Exhibition at the Observation de Montreal, Artist-Run Exhibition Center Montreal, Canada
The First Collection Exhibition of Upriver Gallery, Chengdu, China

Quotation Marks: Exhibition of Contemporary Chinese Painting, Singapore Art Museum, Singapore
Red and Grey, Eight Avant-Garde Chinese Artists, Soobin Art Gallery and Tresors International Fine Art Fair For Asia, Singapore
Dream of the Red Earth, Mao Xuhui, Soobin Art Gallery, Singapore (solo)

Shared Dreams, Jamaica Center, New York, USA

China’s New Art, Post-1989, Hong Kong Arts Center, Hong Kong
Mao Goes Pop, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, Australia