Su Zihan

About …
“Secret Space No. 41”, (2012) is one of the most undeniably erotic and stunning photorealist oil paintings by rising star, Contemporary Chinese artist Su Zihan. Su’s incredible skill as a painter and his sophisticated use of light and shadows further heighten the intensity of this portrait as does his intentional reveal/conceal nature of this painting, hiding parts of her body while openly offering up other parts of her body for view. Painted in a photorealist manner and with a palette based on photo-scale tones of greys, balanced by pops of color, the reference to photography here is intentional.

This large-scale painting belongs to Su Zihan’s famed “Private Space” Series of realist oil painting that tend to focus on figural and close-up facial portraits of the stunning young Chinese women of his 70’s and 80’s generations. His paintings all speak to the more accepting attitude in modern-day China of breaking cultural taboos and explore the increasingly acceptable practice of pursuing physical and mental desires, namely sexual pleasure, intoxication and smoking. As seen here, the artist often focuses on facial features to intensify the conveyance of longing and desire. There is often an underlying tone of intrigue and secrecy, as seen here, adding a further dimensionality to his work.

Su Zihan (Chinese, B. 1978) was formally trained at with numerous exhibitions at museums and galleries internationally. The most recent Museum and Gallery exhibition venues for the artist include the Shangshang Art Museum (Beijing, China), the Royal Castle Museum (Tours, France), and VIP�s International Gallery. The artist lives and works in China.

1978 Born in Chuzhou, Anhui Province, China
2001 Graduated from the Fine Arts Department of Chuuzhou College, Anhui Province, China
2003 Studied oil painting at the Fine Arts Acadamy of Anhui Normal University, Anhui Province, China
Selected Exhibitions:
2011 History and Future, Soemo Fine Arts, Beijing, China
2010 Su Zihan’s Works, Jianwai SOHO, Beijing, China (solo)
2009 Chinese and French Contemporary Art Exchange Exhibition, the Royal Castle Museum, Tours, France
Fleeting Log – Chinese Contemporary Art Exhibition, Kouvola Fine Arts Museum, Finland
Spiritual Ceremony, Chambourg Art Gallery, Beijing, China
Shanghai Art Fair, Shanghai Mart, Shanghai, China
Merge, Beijing Legend Time Studios, Beijing, China
Passing 2008 – Retrospect and Prospect, Shanghai Xiangdi Art Center, Shanghai, China
2008 I Only Love Strangers, Bada Contemporary Hall, Beijing, China (solo)
Good Luck 2008, Soemo Fine Arts, Beijing, China
Seoul International Art Fair, Seoul, Korea
Touch�Dynamic, Shangshang Art Museum, Beijing, China
Shanghai International Art Fair, Shanghai, China
Contemporary Group Show, Original Art Creation Center, Beijing, China
In August, Lin Space 798, Beijing, China
From Beijing, VIP’S International Gallery, Rotterdam, the Netherlands
From Beijing, VIP’S International Gallery, Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
Flashy World, Xiangdi Art Center, Shanghai, China
2007 Beautiful Happiness, Bada Gallery, Beijing, China (solo)
Openning Exhibition of Fangzhou Art Center, Songzhuang, Beijing, China
Release, Songzhuang 897 Art Space, Songzhuang, Beijing, China
Made in Songzhuang Part 2, Sunshine Art Museum, Songzhuang, Beijing, China
Contemporary Art Exhibition, East Harbor �Beijing Trade Center, Beijing, China
Nucleus, Art Manssion�Beijing No.1 Art District, Beijing, China
China International Gallery Exposition 2007, Beijing, China
2006 Made in Songzhuang Part , Sunshine Art Museum, Songzhuang, Beijing, China
China Songzhuang Art Festival 2006, Songzhuang, Beijing, China
Seducement, Square Art Center, Beijing, China
Invitation Art Exhibition, Art Seasons, Beijing, China
Art and Front, Front Gallery, Songzhuang, Beijing, China
2005 Melt, Arists Courtyard, Songzhuang, Beijing, China
China Songzhuang Art Festival 2005, Songzhuang, Beijing, China