Pan Xiaorong (1985) is a representative of the new abstraction movement that arose in China in the last half decade and carries on the quest for structure, space, line and repetitions by combining western references with Chinese elements opened by Ding Yi in 1988. Pan Xiaorong has been rigourously painting black-and-white and geometrically structured cardboard carvings with meticulous accuracy. He creates geometric and hypnotic artworks that seem to transform the uncontrollable reality into a disciplined abstraction through simple tools and material like knives, cardboard and ink. He paints his well-organized grid designs on carved cardboards, creating densely patterned artworks that stand somewhere between painting and sculpture.
In 2014, struck by contrasting feelings after reading a report on Beijing pollution, the artist decided to incorporate this dual sense of beauty and oppression in his work introducing a new shade to paint his signature black and white squares: Grey.
Featuring both Pan's geometric grills and this new shade that stands in between black and white, this new series represents both a shift and an extention of his past works, and seems to introduce a new element of social awareness in the artist's work. As the artist stated himself: "I started to paint the artworks featured at the exhibition 'Grey' in 2014. These represent the starting point of my diversion from the exploration of forms and the shift to the exploration of aesthetics. In my opinion, gray is beautiful and at the same time represents the intricate psychology of present society."
Born in Yichun (China) in 1985, Pan Xiaorong is currently living and working in Shanghai. In 2004 he moved to Xi'an to study at the Oil Painting Department of the Xi'an Academy of Fine Arts, from which he graduated in 2008. Before establishing his own studio in Shanghai, he studied for more than six years under Ding Yi (b. 1962), the aforementioned notorious post-85 movement artist considered as the pioneer of abstract painting in China.
In the last few years he has held various solo exhibitions across China, including at Hangzhou's HDM Gallery, and Shanghai's Am Art Center, M Art Center, and Himalayas Museum of Art. Pan Xiaorong's work has also been part of international group exhibitions such as "Big Draft", Shanghai Contemporary Art from the Sigg Collection by the Museum of Fine Arts in Berne (Switzerland) and “Seven Young Artists” by Beijing Commune, "(Mis)Perception" by Galerie Paul Freches (Paris). In 2016 he participated in Hadrien de Montferrand Gallery's thematic exhibition “New Geometrical Abstraction” for Art Basel Hong Kong.