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Zhong Biao (Chinese, b.1968)
LOT ID: 65967
Find a Place To Cry, 2003

Acrylic, Charcoal, on canvas
78.75 х 59 in. (200.02 x 149.86 cm.)
Signed, on front. Signed again, with title written in Chinese and English and dated '2003' on back of canvas.
Lot description
Zhong Biao (China, B. 1968). "Find a Place To Cry". 2003.
Acrylic and charcoal on canvas.
Dimensions: 78.75 x 59 in (200 x 150 cm)
Signed lower right front. Signed, with date, title on back of canvas.
This work is unframed and in excellent condition.


Zhong Biao is unquestionably one of the most famous post-Modern artists working today, and defined the Contemporary Realist movement in China. This major painting "Find a Place to Cry" (2003) by the artist is a museum-level and visually stunning example of what has made Zhong one of the greatest influences on the younger generations of Chinese representational painters. His large scale acrylic and charcoal paintings that combine the human figure, human emotion and urban as well as traditional Chinese architecture are the most sought after. In turn, it is his large scale paintings at this size (200 x 150 cm) and larger that are by far the most valued and have fetched over 6 figures at auction this Fall 2011.

Zhong's paintings are based on an unexpected mixture of images within each painting, reflecting the daily combination of unexpected and controversial elements and emotions in life that the average person experiences in the course of a day, that we may not fully understand. Zhong does not expect one to comprehend everything in his paintings. His paintings are infused with Eastern and Western imagery, as well as historical and modern opposites, that all coexist in his "fantasy-scapes", reflecting the reality of life in modern-day China.

Zhong's manner of painting is immediately recognizable. The artist explains his method, "I like to paint people in black and white because people are temporary - they will eventually leave the world and become
the past. However, some buildings live longer than people; they continue to exist in the world. This is why I paint people in black and white and the background in color. The contrast with color is to highlight this dichotomy."

The artist received his formal training 1987 at The Zhejiang Academy of Fine Arts (now China Academy of Fine Arts), Hangzhou, China. The artist has exhibited widely throughout U.S, including San Francisco, Aspen, New York, Miami, Chicago. The artist has also had select solo and group exhibitions in The U.K., Belgium, Germany, The Netherlands, France, Japan, Thailand, Singapore, South Korea and China.
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