XIAO FAN RU

Presentation

Xiao Fan’s artistic and cultural education enriches his works by drawing connections between tradition and the contemporary, between East and West. He describes himself as “a man before nature” whether human or not. When he isn’t creating hybrid flowers with organic appearances, he paints canvases riddled with consumer goods made iconic, some entitled Garbage Bins, denouncing centrifugal and disoriented cultures. Xiao Fan has not stopped sculpting or painting flowers from his Chinese roots, wherein the evocation of floral motifs oscillates between ancient poetry and bloody crimes, whose trauma still remains under the Maoist slogan “Let a Hundred Flowers Bloom.” The still life is a recurring theme in his work; whether he paints toys, crustaceans, or bouquets, a vital, though barely perceptible, link draws them all together. Crafted from successive layers of glaze, this gut-like hose is the only source of oxygen in these compulsive representations and invasive floral masses and, overwhelmed, man is on the verge of suffocation.

Biography

Born in 1954 in Nanjing, China; Lives and works in Paris, France since 1983.
 

1988 and 1990
Fellow of the Casa Velasquez in Madrid, Spain.

1986
Degree from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris, France.

1982
Degree in Fine Arts from the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Nanjing, China.

 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS (selection)

2019
- Galerie RX, Paris, France.

2017
- L’homme Pense, dieu rit, commissioned by Didi Pei and Pascale Le Thorel, Suzhou Museum, China.

2016
- Centre culturel, Les Lilas, France.
- Gallery Jung at KIAF, Gallery Jung, Seoul, South Korea.

2015
- Méditations, Galerie MTP, Luxembourg.

2014
- Frenetic Quietism : Zhao Gang and Ru Xiaofan, Hongkun Museum of Fine Arts, Beijing, China.
- Rong Kun Museum of Fine Art, Beijing, China.

2013                                                                                                      
- Limited / Unlimited, Galerie RX, Paris, France. 
- Quietism, Rong Kun Museum of Fine Arts, Beijing, China.

2012      
- De l’, Zhu Quingsheng, Dialogue Space, Beijing, China.

2011       
- Que cent fleurs s’épanouissent…, Galerie RX, Paris, France.
- Inspire – Expire, Dialogue Space, Beijing, China.

2010
- My secret garden, coproduction with Rue89, Paris, France.

2009
- En abondance, Galerie Quintessens, Utrecht, Netherlands.
- Translucent, Today Art Museum, Beijing, China.

2008       
- Centre d’art du Domaine Orenga de Gaffory, Patrimonio, Corsica, France.
- Adam Gallery, London, UK.
- The Mao project, Cà Muse, Venice, Italy.

2007
- Enjoy, Galerie RX, Paris, France.

2006       
- Galerie Leehwaik, Seoul, South Korea.
- Galerie Hengevoss Dürkop, Hamburg, Germany.

2005       
- Safe Contact, Museum of Fine Arts, Shanghai, China.
- Safe Contact, Galerie Quintessens, Utrecht, Netherlands.
- Safe Contact, Galerie RX, Paris, France.

2004
- Gallery Mickael Goedhuis, New York, USA.
- La botanique – mouvement cent fleurs, Médiathèque de l’hôpital Raymond Poincaré, avec collaboration du FRAC Ile-de-France, Garches, France.
- Bubble Game, Galerie RX, Paris, France.
- Bubble Game, White Box, New York, Etats-Unis.

2003      
- Galerie Quintessens, Utrecht, Netherlands.
- 100 Fleurs et peintures récentes, Musée des Ursulines, Mâcon, France.

2002      
- Charlotte Moser, Geneva, Switzerland.
- Cent Fleurs, Galerie RX, Paris, France.

2001      
- Cent Fleurs, La Villa Tamaris, Centre d’Art Contemporain, La Seyne-sur-Mer, France.
- Galerie Quintessens, Utrecht, Netherlands.
- Art Fair Amsterdam, Galerie Quintessens, Utrecht, Netherlands.

1999      
- Hundred Flowers, Chapelle Saint Jacques, Saint Gaudens, Ministry of Culture, DRAC Midi-Pyrénées, France.

1998      
- Galerie Quintessens, Utrecht, Netherlands.

1996      
- Colombani-Robin, Art Contemporain, Paris, France.
- Galerie Quintessens, Utrecht,Netherlands.
- Palais des Congrès, Paris, France.

1995      
- Galerie Fernando Latorre, Saragosse, Spain.

1994      
- Symptôme, Galerie Quintessens, Utrecht, Netherlands.

1993      
- Ballons, Galerie de Hesdin, Paris, France.

1992      
- Ballons, Galerie Liverpool, Brussels, Belgium.
- Ballons, Galerie Quintessens, Utrecht, Netherlands.
- Ballons, Galerie Gastaud, Clermont Ferrand, France.

1991      
- Pommes, Galerie Van Melle, Paris, France.

1989      
- Escaliers, Galerie Praz-Delavalade, Paris, France.

1988      
- Escaliers, Victoire Schlumberger, Paris, France.

1987      
- Calligraphies, Ecole Polytechnique, Massy Palaiseau, France.

 

GROUP EXHIBITIONS (selection)

2019
- L’art mange l’art, Fondation Regards de Provence, Marseille, France

2016
- Inauguration, Galerie RX, Paris, France.
- Winter, Galerie RX , Paris, France.

2015
- Artistes à la Une, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France.
- Biennale de Sologne, Chaumont-sur-Tharonne, France.

2013       
- Et la Chine s’est éveillée…, Chapelle de la Visitation, Thonon-les-Bains, France.
- International Drawing Festival, Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Rijeka, Croatia.

2011       
- Artistes chinois à Paris, Musée Cernuschi, Paris, France.

2010
- Newera, Galerie RX, Paris, France.
- Art Asia Fair, Dialogue Space, Miami, USA.
- L’Océan, Bellevue, Biarritz, France.
- Art Taipei, Dialogue Space, Taipei, China.
- CIGE Beijing Art Fair, Dialogue Space, Beijing, China.
- Pauly Art Gallery, Venice, Italy.
- Dialogue Space, Beijing, China.

2009
- Les David, Academie d’art contemporain, Paris, France.
- Play time, Parcours Saint-Germain, Paris, France.

2008       
- Galerie Maeght, Paris, France.
- Spring Bloom in Venice, Pauly Art Gallery, Venice, Italy.
- Le temps au temps, Galerie Riff Art Projects, Strasbourg, France.
- Du vent dans les branches, Artsenat, Orangerie, Paris, France.
- Art Paris, Galerie RX, Paris, France.

2007
- « Franch Touche » Villa Tamaris, La Seyne sur Mer, France.
- KIAF, Galerie RX, Seoul, South Korea.
- « Les Nouveaux Pop » SOMA Museum, Seoul, South Korea.
- Art Paris, Galerie RX, Paris, France.

2006      
- Art Cologne, Galerie RX, Cologne, Germany.
- « Les Nouveaux Pop » La Villa Tamaris, Centre d’Art Contemporain, Le Seyne sur Mer, France.
- CIGE (foire), Galerie Sun, Beijing, China.
- KIAF (foire), Galerie RX, Paris, Seoul, South Korea.
- Amsterdam KunstRAI (foire), Galerie RX, Amsterdam, Netherlands.
- Quintessence, Ecole des Beaux-Arts de Nîmes, France.

2005       
- Touch Without Danger, curator Zoe Zhang, Shanghai, China.
- Triennale of Contemporary art, Tirana, Albania.
- My Favorite things, curator R. Leydier, Museum of Contemporary Art, Lyon, France.
- Museum of Art, Duolum, China.

2004      
- ARTissima (art fair), Galerie RX, Turin, Italy.
- Art Chicago (art fair), Gallery Mickael Goedhuis, USA.
- Beyond Paradise, Galerie RX invited to Galerie Hengevoss Dürkop, Hamburg, Germany.
- Art Brussels (art fair), Galerie RX, Brussels, Belgium.

2003      
- d.u.m.b.o Arts Center, Brooklyn, Etats-Unis.
- Aura, Galerie RX, Paris, France.

2002      
- Exposition inaugurale de la Galerie RX, Paris, France.
- Autour de la Figuration, L’Onde, Espace culturel de Velizy-Villacoublay, France.
- Galerie Art Line, Brussels, Belgium.

2001      
- Galerie Charlotte Moser, Geneva, Switzerland.

1997      
- Concours International d’Art Contemporain, Michelin, France; Prize : Special Mention.

1996      
- Spirit of Art, Abbaye de Royaumont, Asnières sur Seine, France.
- Galerie Lucien Durand, Art Fair Cologne, Germany.

1995      
- FIAC (art fair), Galerie Lucien Durand, Paris, France.

1994      
- Art Fair (art fair), Liverpool Gallery, Amsterdam, Netherlands.

1991      
- Découvertes, Galerie Van Melle, Paris, France.
- Salon de mars, Galerie Jacques Barrère, France.
- Salon de Montrouge, Montrouge, France.
- Galerie Fernando Latorre, Saragosse, Spain.

1990
- Stockholm Art Fair, Galerie Westlund, Stockholm, Sweden.
- Salon de Montrouge, Montrouge, France.
- Salon de Mai, Grand Palais, Paris, France.
- Art Partner : l’art dans l’entreprise, Villa Gilet, Paris, France.

1988      
- Salon des Jeunes Peintres, Grand Palais, Paris, France.

1986      
- Salon des Réalités Nouvelles, Grand Palais, Paris, France.
- Yan Pei-Ming and Ru Xiao Fan, Espace Vendôme, UAP, Paris, France.

1984      
- Galerie Actes Sud, Arles, France.

1983      
- Galerie Art Promotion, Hong Kong.

 

PUBLIC AND PRIVATE COLLECTIONS

Fondation Michelin, Grand Prix, Paris, France.
Fonds Régional d’Art Contemporain d’Ile de France, France.
Collection Sosume, Dublin, Ireland.
Musée des Ursulines, Mâcon, France.
Fondation Salomon, Alex, France.
Fonds National d’Art Contemporain, France.
Réalisation la fresque de La Coupole, Paris, France.
National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul, South Korea.
Today Art Museum, Beijing, China.
Musée Cernuschi, Paris, France.
Fondation Colas, Paris, France.
Dragon Museum, Shanghai, China.

 

CATALOGUES

2017
- L’homme pense, dieu rit, Suzhou Museum, China

2014
- Quiétisme : Ru, Xiao-Fan, text by You Yong, Rong Kun Fine Art Museum, Beijing, China

2012
- De L’, text by Zhu Qingsheng, Dialogue Space Gallery, Beijing, China
- Piano aux Jacobins, 33ème Festival, Toulouse town hall, France

2011
- Inspire/Expire, texts by Zhu Qingsheng and Hou Hanru, Dialogue Space Gallery, Beijing, China

2010
- Xiao Fan Ru, text by Pascale Le Thorel, Nouveau dictionnaire des artistes contemporains, Larousse, Paris, France

2009
- Translucide, text by Pascal Le Thorel, Art Today Museum, Beijing, China
- Ru Xiao-Fan, text by Pascale Le Thorel, Les David, Académie pour l’art contemporaine, Paris, France
- Play time, Parcours Saint Germain, Paris, France

2008
- Maos ?, text by Pascale Le Thorel, Valérie Niquet and Andrea Zanconnatto

2006
- Les Nouveaux Pop, text by Jean-Luc Chalumeau, Editions du Cercle d’Art, Paris, France

2005
- Safecontact, Jean de Loisy, Hau hanru, Museum of Fine Arts, Shanghai, China.

2004
- Bubble Games, Edition du Musée des Ursulines, Macon, France.

2001
- Xiao Fan Cent Fleurs, Pascale le Thorel-Daviot, Villa Tamaris, La Syen sur Mer, France.

1999
-
One Hundred Flowers, Hou Hanru, Bernard Goy, Edition Association Chapelle-Saint-Jacques Barrère, Paris, France.

1995
- Estudio para una escultura, Alain Jones, Edition Fernando Latore, Zaragoza, Spain.

1992
- Alpha Centuari, Marie-Odille Andrade, Edition Jacques Barrère, Paris, France.

1988
- Ru Xiao Fan, Franck Maubert, Edition Victoire Schlumberger, Paris, France.