Xiaoze Xie is internationally recognized for his nuanced still-life paintings of books and newspapers. This subject has been the focus of his work over the last twenty-five years. Books represent both cultural memory and historic record, especially for Xie who grew up during China’s Cultural Revolution. His most recent work focuses on the history of banned books in China explored across the mediums of installation, video and painting.
Xiaoze Xie was born in Guangdong, China in 1966. He graduated from Tsinghua University and the Central Academy of Arts and Design in Bejing before moving to the United States. He is currently a Professor of Art at Stanford University and lives in Palo Alto, California. In 2017-18, he had a solo exhibition, Eyes On: Xiaoze Xie, at the Denver Art Museum. A survey exhibition, Amplified Moments (1993-2008), traveled to museums in the United States between 2010 and 2012. Xie’s work can be found in prominent collections across the United States including the Denver Art Museum, Colorado; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; San Jose Museum of Art, California; Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, Arizona and Oakland Museum of California, Oakland. Xie's had a solo exhibition, Objects of Evidence, at the Asia Society Museum in New York in the fall of 2019.