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Zhang Xiaogang (born 1958) is a contemporary Chinese symbolist and surrealist painter. He has made a Bloodline series of paintings, which are often monochromatic, stylized portraits of Chinese people, usually with large, dark-pupiled eyes, posed in a stiff manner deliberately reminiscent of family portraits from the 1950s and 60s.
Zhang was born in the city of Kunming in China's Yunnan province in 1958. He came of age during the 1960s and 70s political upheavals known as the Cultural Revolution, which exerted a certain influence on his painting. In 1982, he graduated from the Sichuan Academy of Fine Arts in the city of Chongqing in Sichuan province, then joined a young group of young avant-garde painters who came to prominence during the 1980s.
On 21 March 2007, his work Bloodline: Three Comrades sold for $2,112,000 at Sotheby's in New York.
He is represented by Chinese Contemporary in London and Beijing, Gallery Artside in Seoul, Jaski Art Gallery in Amsterdam and Max Protetch in New York.
Biographical information from Wikipedia