Su Xinping, Under The Dome of Light 2, 1992, Lithograph (ed.19/20) 60x46cm, 85x69 cm (framed)
Su Xinping


Su Xinping

Su Xinping (b.1960, Inner Mongolia, China) is one of the leading artists in Chinese contemporary art. He graduated from the Painting Department at Tianjin Academy of Fine Arts in 1983. His work does not shout or seek notoriety. Instead, it is quietly insightful and sensitive. Su addresses two ongoing themes in his practice – a deep observation of the communist convention and people’s reaction towards China’s changing society and the mastery of the printmaking tradition itself as an artistic medium.

Su’s works are held in numerous public collections, including The British Museum, San Fransico MOMA, Art Gallery of New South Wales and National Gallery of Victoria in Australia, Fukuoka Museum of Art in Japan, Shanghai Art Museum and National Art Museum of China.


1960 Born in Jining, Inner Mongolia
1977-79 Army Service
1983 Graduated from Tianjin Institute of Fine Arts, majoring in Painting and  Printmaking Instructor, Dept. of Fine Arts of Inner Mongolia Teachers College
Graduated from the Central Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA), Beijing, Master Degree in Printmaking
1998 Freeman Fellowship and Residency, Vermont Studio Center, USA
Workshops at Elam School of Fine Arts, Wanganui Polytechnic, Dunedin
1999 Polytechnic School of Fine Arts, School of Art Lithography
Lectured at Dunedin Public Art Gallery, New Zealand
Present Deputy Professor, Deputy Head of Printmaking, CAFA
2009 Toasting, Red Mansion Foundation, London
2008 Toasting, Xin Beijing Art Gallery, Beijing
Toasting, China Square Gallery, New York
Toasting, Dolores De Sierra Gallery, Madrid
Toasting – works by Su Xinping (2005 – 2008), He Xiangning Art Museum
2007 Landscapes, Today Art Museum, Beijing
2006 Su Xinping, Singapore Tyler Print Institute
2005 Su Xinping, Red Gate Gallery
Su Xinping Portrait Works, National Art Museum of China
2002 Paintings by Su Xinping, Ling Nan Museum, Guangzhou
Su Xinping, Portland Art Gallery, Cleveland, USA
2001 Flanders Contemporary Art Gallery
2000 Outer Appearance and Inner Mindscape, Soobin Art Gallery, Singapore
Inner Spirit, Red Gate Gallery
1999 Untitled, Dunedin Public Art Gallery, New Zealand
Lithographs, Dunedin Community Art Gallery, New Zealand
Hope: Recent Paintings, Flanders Contemporary Art Gallery Minneapolis
Su Xinping Works, 3.14 Gallery, Oslo, Norway
Su Xinping Printing, Wallace Arts Trust, Auckland; Community Art
Museum, New Zealand
1998 Comrade Series, Red Gate Gallery
Recent Lithographs, Exhibition, Workshop and Lecture, LASALLE-SIA College of the Arts, Singapore
Mongolia in Transition, White Lotus Gallery, Oregon, USA
1997 Sea of Desires, Red Gate Gallery
Su Xinping, Chinese Contemporary, London
Mamalieres, Museum of Contemporary Art, Paris
1996 A Decade of Printmaking, Red Gate Gallery
1995 Recent Lithographs, Red Gate Gallery
LKF, Hong Kong
Fire Station Gallery, Sydney
Kiang Gallery, Atlanta
1994 Seton Hall University, New Jersey
1993 Fire Station Gallery
Kiang Gallery, Atlanta
Su Xinping, Red Gate Gallery
Su Xinping, Yellow River Gallery, New York
1992 Su Xinping, NAMOC
Su Xinping, Red Gate Gallery
1991 Su Xinping Lithographs, Shanghai Art Museum
1990 Su Xinping at Gallery 13, Hong Kong
2012 Two Generations – 20 Years of Chinese Contemporary Art, 2012
Australian Tour: City of Sydney Chinese New Year; Manning Regional Gallery; Damien Minton Gallery; University of Newcastle Gallery; Melbourne International Fine Arts (MiFA); Linton &Kay, Perth
2011 20 Years – Two Generations of Artists at Red Gate, island6 Art Center, Shanghai
20 Years – Two Generations of Artists at Red Gate, Red Gate Gallery
2010 Asian Art Biennale, Bengal
2009 Evidence, AYE Gallery, Beijing
Yi Pai – Century Thinking, Today Art Museum, Beijing
First Contemporary China Engraving Academic Exhibition, Today Art Museum
Chengdu Biennale, Chengdu
2008 Shanghai Biennale, Shanghai
Red Gate Stars, Red Gate Gallery
2006 China Today Art Exhibition, NAMOC
Red Gate Gallery 15th Anniversary
2005 11th India International Triennial, India
Wall – Chinese Contemporary Art, Beijing Millennium Art Museum;
UB Anderson Gallery, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, New York
2004 Cinesi – Artisti Fra tradizione e Presente, Italy
2003 New Generation and Post – Revolution, China Blue Gallery, Beijing
An Opening Era – 40th Anniversary of the Founding of CAFA, CAFA
Chinese Art Today, China Millennium Monument Art Museum, Beijing
1st Beijing International Art Biennale, NAMOC, Beijing
2002 Guangzhou Chinese Artists Triennial, Guangzhou Art Museum
2001 China Art Now!, Singapore Art Museum
Clues to the Future – Red Gate Gallery’s 10th Anniversary
1st Chengdu Biennale, Chengdu Contemporary Art Museum
Inside Out: New Chinese Art, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra; Hong Kong Museum
1999 Urban Yearnings: Portraits of Contemporary China by Liu Qinghe, Su
Xinping and Zhang Yajie, Chinese Culture Center, San Francisco
Inside Out: New Chinese Art, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
China 1999, Limn Gallery, San Francisco
Square Studio, Konrad Adenauer Foundation Center, Bonn, Germany
Square Studio, Shenzhen Art Museum
Tree of Life, Qingping Gallery, Boston
1998 In & Out Contemporary Chinese Art from China and Australia, Plimsoll Gallery, Tasmania School of the Arts, Hobart
Faces and Bodies of the Middle Kingdom, Galerie Otso, Espoo, Finland
Eastern Approaches, Brunel University, UK
Inside Out: New Chinese Art, Asia Society Galleries, New York
Retake: A Selection Reviewing Red Gate Artists’ Signature Works Fitzpatrick, Red Gate Gallery
Political Pop Art Works from China, Max Protetch Gallery, New York
1st Exhibition of Square Studio, International Art Palace Gallery, Beijing
Chinese in Verduno City, Art Inside the Castle, Italy
Chinese New Art, Asian Association Museum, New York; PSI Museum, New York
1997 Three Printmakers from CAFA, Red Gate Gallery
World Prints Exhibition, Portland Art Museum, Oregon
In & Out – Contemporary Chinese Art of the Mainland & Diaspora, Australia
Faces and Bodies of the Middle Kingdom, Galerie Rudolfinum, Prague
New Art from China, Flanders Gallery, San Francisco
World Triennial of Prints, Paris
New Art from China, Marco Polo Gallery, USA
4th Triennale Mondiale d’ Estampes Petit Format, Chamalieres Auvergne France
8th International Biennial Print & Drawing, Taipei Fine Arts Museum
In & Out Contemporary Chinese Art from China & Australia, RMIT Gallery Melbourne; Sydney College of the Arts, Sydney, Australia
1996 People’s Progress – 20th Century Chinese Woodcuts, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Australia
Contemporary Chinese Prints, Portland Art Museum
Asia Print Art Festival, Pusan Cultural Centre, Korea
1995 Chinese Avant – Garde, Art Museum of Gothenburg, Sweden
Chinese Contemporary Art, Meridian Gallery, Australia
1993 Painter’s Den, International Art Palace Gallery
6th International Biennial of Prints and Drawing in Taiwan, Taipei Fine Arts Museum
Nominating Exhibition, UNESCO, International Art Palace
Taiwan International Invitational Exhibition of Prints, Kanagawa, Japan
1992 Modern Chinese Prints, Rome
1991 Sapporo International Print Biennial Exhibition, Sapporo, Japan
World Triennial of Small Prints, Museum of Modern Art, France
Osaka International Prints Triennial Exhibition, Osaka, Japan
1990 New Works by New Chinese Artists, NAMOC
Prints from Four Asian Countries, Chiba Art Gallery, Japan
1989 China Avant-Garde, NAMOC
Modern Chinese Prints, Shanghai Art Gallery
2005 Singapore Tyler Print Institute – Visiting Artists Program
1998 Scholarship for Vermont Artists – In-Residency, USA
1994 Excellence Prize, China Art Expo, Guangzhou
Excellence Prize, Shenzhen Art Expo
Silver Medal, 12th National Exhibition of Prints, Guangzhou
1993 Nominated as candidate for UNESCO Award for the Promotion of Arts
1992 Excellence Prize, 20th Century – China Exhibition, NAMOC
1991 Outstanding Prize, Beijing – Taipei Exhibition of Contemporary Prints, CAFA
Excellence Prize, World Triennial of Small Prints, Museum of Modern Art, France
1989 Bronze Medal, 11th National Exhibition of Prints, CAFA

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