Artwork by Cao Xiaodong

  • The Age of Innocence
    Size: 150 x 150 cm
    Medium: Oil on canvas
    Price: Available on request
  • Alan Mathison Turing's Apple
    Size: 180 x 135 cm
    Medium: Oil on canvas
    Price: Available on request
  • Easy Rider
    Size: 135 x 180 cm
    Medium: Oil on canvas
    Price: Available on request
  • The Book of Sand
    Size: 135 x 180 cm
    Medium: Oil on canvas
    Price: Available on request

Biography

Biography

Born Lianyungang City, Jiangsu, 1961, Cao Xiaodong currently lives and works in Beijing.

Cao combines, seemingly without effort, the most modern method of image creation and the most traditional. His painted pictures resemble old news photos, but like China’s ancient philosopher-artists, he controls his brushstrokes with care, shuns dramatic colors and contrasts, and deletes all traces of ego.

After scanning an old snapshot into his computer, Cao uses Photoshop to convert it into an array of dots like those once used to print newspaper photos. Then, one dot at a time, he copies the image in oils (in more recent works, he prints a “ghost” version of the photo onto the canvas and paints over each dot). In traditional style, he lays his canvases flat and holds his brush vertically. Old-time painters used mists to create a mysterious haze; the blank spaces between the dots make the images dissolve if the viewer comes too close. His sole embellishments are computer commands.

In the Proof of Youth series (2009), terms like Save As, Exit and Ctrl-V—“words” in the universal language of the keyboard—adorn paired snapshots of Chinese people and Westerners of the same age and sex. What did a Playboy Bunny and a Chinese Communist cadre have in common? Are we all really the same under the skin?

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