An essay about Zhang Xiaogang
December 6th, 2008
Zhang Xiaogang, a 20th century chinese painter, uses exaggerated faces in many of his paintings to identify with his home culture of collectivism. His paintings were interesting to me, but I would enjoy them more if there was more substance. He uses bits of color to emphasize certain points in the portraits he paints, which is a technique I think is cool because it provokes more thoughts in my head.
Most of his paintings are done entirely in grayscale with the hint of color, so they appear to be older than they actually are. They seem to be surreal, which is the only art movements from the 20th century that still exists in the art world today.