Qiu Xiaofei, Roundabouts, 2018, acrylic on linen, coloured cotton cloth, 200 cm × 200 cm (78-3/4" × 78-3/4") © Qiu Xiaofei

Qiu Xiaofei



b. 1977, Harbin, China

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Qiu Xiaofei’s paintings—along with related drawings, sculptures, and installations—evoke a dreamlike state of memory and awaken the potentials of perception that are hidden in the depths of the mind.

His current multi-disciplinary work combines drawings with sculptures and act as a chronological recorder of the artists’ history. As he explores various parts of his memory or “thought diversions” as Qiu Xiaofei calls them, they allow him to delve deeper into his “procedural, subconscious and personal experiences.”

Qiu’s work has been featured in major group exhibitions internationally, including Back, Beijing Contemporary Art Museum (2001); Mahjong: Contemporary Chinese Art from the Sigg Collection, Kunstmuseum Bern, Switzerland (2005); The Real Thing: Contemporary Art from China, Tate Liverpool (2007); ON | OFF: China’s Young Artists in Concept & Practice, Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing (2013); My Generation: Young Chinese Artists, exhibited jointly by the Tampa Museum of Art and the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, Florida (2014); and Discipline with Master' s Dignity - Teaching & Research, Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing (2018).


Qiu Xiaofei, Replanted No. 4, 2017, mixed materials on canvas, 180 cm × 180 cm (70-7/8" × 70-7/8") © Qiu Xiaofei


Qiu Xiaofei, The Trotsky wilderness, 2019, acrylic on canvas, 200 cm × 200 cm (78-3/4" × 78-3/4") © Qiu Xiaofei