1956 Born in Chongqing
1982 Graduated from the Oil Painting Department of the Yunnan Academy of Fine Arts, Kunming
Professor at the School of Art and Design in Yunnan University
Now Lives and Works in Yunnan
Mao Xu Hui is one of the 100 most influential contemporary Chinese and leaders of the 1985 Art New Wave. His slogan, “What is new representationalism ? It is representation of mind and representation of soul,” demonstrates that he excels at intuitive communication and implying sentiment with symbolic images.
In terms of his creation ideas, Mao utilizes episodes of daily experience and places objects of daily life in his paintings. As a result, a large number of symbols and images, such as scissors, chairs, and shades of purple and gold color, appear in his paintings to portray contemporary time as representation of power and privilege and reference of life. After experiencing social changes, health issues, and death of family, Mao’s four decade long career is not immutable. Mao’s works are popular among art collectors around the world, and In 2015, he was selected as one of the 30 most influential artists by an art magazine.