About Zhao Xuebing
Zhao Xuebing’s work is perhaps most impressive for its detail and precision. His compositions in both drawing and painting are characteristically rendered in delicate and thoughtful series of lines, sometimes with intense density. Though they appear to be the result of careful planning, Zhao works solely through improvisation and without the use of preliminary sketches or drafts. One of his best-known works is 140 Warriors or More (2005), in which Zhao illustrates more than 140 different types of armor culled from Chinese, Japanese, and Korean history. These images are based on Zhao’s experience with Chinese historical novels, dynastic murals, and traditional painting. Other works, like his ongoing “Central Park” series (begun 2011), are based entirely on Zhao’s memories alone.
Chinese, b. 1967, Beijing, China, based in Shanghai, China