About the Artist: Zhang Xiaotao

Chinese Pavilion at the 55th Venice Biennale
May 24, 2013 11:49PM

Behind Zhang Xiaotao’s grotesque and lurid paintings lie the artist’s sympathy for the suffering in civilization; he calls his works “magnified pictures of our material life, which is full of absurdity and lust.” Zhang’s common subjects include festering decay, human waste, abandoned structures, and animals associated with danger and contamination—like snakes, rats, and ants—which he paints in vibrant and highly magnified detail on a monumental scale. 

Images © Zhang Xiaotao

Chinese Pavilion at the 55th Venice Biennale