Established Artist: Wu Xiaohai, from China


Born in Hunan Province, China, in 1972
Lives and works in Beijing and London

Danse avant de dormir – 2009 – Charcoal on paper – 40 x 50 cm – 
courtesy Galerie Patricia Dorfmann, PARIS

After the typical and forever traditional Chinese Art made of ink on paper representing delicate landscapes, or calligraphy


After caricatured representations of themselves like the thousands of portraits of Mao, or like the art of yue Minjun (left)



Art in China is now taking different interesting directions,

One is lead by “artivist” Ai Wei Wei with strong performances criticizing the Chinese regime, the oppression..


Another would be the art of portraiture lead by artists like Zhang Xiaogang (right) or Yan Pei-Ming (left)





Another art combines tradition (technique) with a contemporary vision of the world like Wu Guanzhong (below) for example as well as and our new selected “Established Artist” Wu Xiaohai,

With a simple technique of charcoal on paper Wu Xiaohai explores all shades of grey. With a simple -almost naive- drawing, he embarks us into his journey through his dreams.

The scenes are fragmented, yet eloquent. Or rather, they are charged with a narrative about to take place … It is up to our vision to establish the links that will create the story … provided that there is one! The two children recurring in several drawings seem condemned to live in a jerky sketch that continues from one drawing to another, and sometimes within the drawing itself. This constant shift is a way to question reality. What is reality? Does reality actually exist? What are we living? Where are we? Yesterday, today, tomorrow? says Galerie Polad-Hardouin who represents him also in Paris

No doubt despite the wild range of artist in China, keep in mind that name Wu Xiaohai who, in the long term will be one of the best innovative and poetic artist of his generation.

Beatrice Chassepot
Los Angeles, May 12th 2017
Discovery on one day – 2009 – Charcoal on paper – 40 x 50 cm – courtesy Galerie Polad-Hardouin


Tonight -2007 – Charcoal on paper – 40 x 50 cm –
 courtesy Galerie Polad Hardouin


Nuit profonde Année de production : 2008 Fusain sur papier Dimensions : 115 x 78,5 cm – courtesy Galerie Patricia Dorfmann, Paris




2003 Graduated from the Mural Painting Department, Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing, M.A. degree
Mural Painting Department, Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing


2017 DESTIN Galerie Patricia Dorfmann, Paris
2016 Dispersive Boundary, Stiftung Starke Foundation, Berlin, Germany
Finish what was left unfinished
, Galerie Double S, Paris, France
2014 Someone’s biography, Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts Library, Guangzhou, China
2012 Indoor Movements, Frameless Gallery, London, UK Generation, Pyms Gallery, London
2011 Is It Real Series, Inside Out Art Museum, Beijing, China
2010 I Remember To-morrow, Gallery Polad-hardouin, Paris, France
2008 Landscape with human presence, Beijing Art Now Gallery, Pekin, Chine
Lost Light
, Galerie Patricia Dorfmann, Paris
2007 Wu Xiaohai,  Central Academy of Fine Arts, C.A.F.A, Pekin, Chine


2011 Drawing Now, Salon du dessin contemporain, galerie Polad-Hardouin, Paris
Chic Dessin, galerie Polad-Hardouin, Paris, France
2009 Beijing Contemporary Art Festival 2009, Beijing, China
Art HK, projets spéciaux, Hong Kong
2008 ARCO, Spain
Art Paris, France (galerie Patricia Dorfmann)
Art 39, Bâle, Switzerland (Beijing Art Now Gallery)