Biography

Xie Lei (b. 1983) is a Parisian-based contemporary painter known for his phenomenological compositions—textured, somber yet luminous—of worlds in-between.


Education


2012-2016
practice-based PhD in Visual arts (Very Honorable with unanimous Jury Congratulations)
Beaux-Arts de Paris and Ecole normale supérieure (PSL)


2014
Painting Research Programme, Royal College of Art, London, UK


2006–2010
MA (Jury Honours), Beaux-Arts de Paris


2002–2006
BA, Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing


Awards


2016
Prix Fondation Colas, Boulogne-Billancourt


2012
Prix Alphonse Cellier, Institut de France, Paris


2011
Prix Nicolas Feuilliate


2010
Bourse de la Mairie de Paris pour l’art contemporain, Paris


2008
Bourse Colin-Lefrancq, Hunter College, New York


2003
Drawing Award CAFA


Public collections

Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary (TBA21), Madrid
Albertina Museum, Vienna
Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami
Musée d’Art Contemporain du Val-de-Marne (MAC VAL), Vitre-sur-Seine
Fondation Colas, Boulogne-Billancourt
Casa de Velázquez, Madrid
Musée d’art contemporain de la Haute-Vienne, Château de Rochechouart, Rochechouart
Burger Collection, Hong Kong/Zürich
Rennie Museum, Vancouver
X Museum, Beijing

Solo Exhibitions

2024
2023
2022
  • Chant d’Amour, Semiose, Paris
  • Secret, flatmarkus, Zurich
  • Itinérance, Institut de France, Paris
2021
  • Slumbers, Meessen De Clercq, Brussels
2019
  • Xie Lei, Christopher Orr, HdM Gallery, London
  • Xie Lei, Z Gallery Arts, Vancouver
2017
  • Walden II, Yima Gallery, Chengdu
  • Poe’s Garden, Z Gallery Arts, Vancouver
2016
2015
  • Xie Lei – Sans rivage, Galerie Anne de Villepoix, Paris
2014
  • Xie Lei – Murmur, Grenier du Chapître, Cahors
  • Sortilège et diableries : l’inquiètant ordinaire, Château d’Ardelay, Les Herbiers
2013
  • Xie Lei, Galerie Anne de Villepoix, Paris
  • Everything And Nothing, Feast Projects, Hong Kong
2012
2011
  • Xie Lei – Destination, Feast Projects, Hong Kong
  • Xie Lei, Galerie Anne de Villepoix, Paris
2009
  • Enter At Own Risk, Galerie Anne de Villepoix, Paris

Group Exhibitions

2024
2023
  • Formes de la ruine, Musée des Beaux-Arts de Lyon, Lyon
  • Bodies of Resistance, Pedro Cera, Lisbon
  • Yuen-Yeung, K11, Shanghai
  • Les Nuits d’été, Villa Noailles, Hyères
  • Crossing Frontiers, Foundation Nassima Landau,, Tel Aviv
  • Sonámbulo, Galería Marta Cervera, Madrid
  • Antéfutur, CAPC - Musée d'art contemporain, Bordeaux
  • Eulogy of Nothing, A Tribute to Christian Bobin, Meessen De Clercq, Brussels
2022
  • Viva Villa, curated by Victorine Grataloup, Stéphane Ibars, Collection Lambert, Avignon
  • Prendre soin. Restaurer, réparer, de la Renaissance à nos jours, Musée des Beaux-Arts de Dole, Dole
  • En Soi et Au-delà, curated by María Santoyo, Institut Français, Madrid
  • Raw, curated by Daniel Lippitsch, Vacancy, Shanghai
  • Machines of Desire, curated by Kat Sapera, Emilia Yin, Simon Lee Gallery, London
  • The Tale Their Terror Tells, curated by Geena Brown, Lauren Guilford, Lyles & King, New York
  • An extraordinary adventure: 8 Chinese artists and the UK, curated by Lu Chao, Gallery Rosenfeld, London
  • Futuros Abundantes, Works from the TBA21 Collection, curated by Daniela Zyman, C3A Centro de creación contemporánea de Andalucía, Córdoba
  • Itinérance, curated by Virginie Bourget, Beaux-arts de Nantes, Nantes
  • Atlas of Affinities: The Far-Near, HUA International, Berlin
  • Mist & Thunder, curated by Àngels Miralda, Sally’s Fault, Amsterdam
  • The Hearing Trumpet, curated by Danielle Shang, Marguo, Paris
  • Mouthed Echoes, Lyles & King, New York
  • Traverser les silences, curated by Thomas Fort, Editions Dilecta, Paris
2021
  • Male Nudes: a salon from 1800 to 2021, Mendes Wood DM, São Paulo
  • Incipit, Cruce arte y pensamiento contemporáneo, Madrid
  • Itinérance, Casa de Velázquez, French Academy, Madrid
  • BRAFA in the Galleries, Meessen de Clercq, Brussels
  • Laberinto del ramaje, Galería Marta Cervera, Madrid
  • Descripción de un estado físico, curated by Pepe Suárez, Schneider Colao – Galería Elba Benitez, Madrid
2020
  • Much Without Many, Meessen De Clercq, Brussels
2019
  • Flesh And Bone, curated by Loïc Le Gall and Justin Polera, PS120, Berlin
  • Flesh And Bone, curated by Loïc Le Gall and Justin Polera, PS120, Berlin
  • Persona Grata?, curated by Alexia Fabre, Anne-Laure Flacelière and Ingrid Jurzak, MAC VAL, Vitry-sur-Seine
  • Yellow Reflection, Galerie Liusa Wang, Paris
  • Couleurs de la Chine Contemporaine, Musée Saint-Remi, Reims
2018
  • How To See [What Isn’t There], curated by Gianni Jetzer, Langen Foundation, Neuss
  • Persona Grata, curated by Anne-Laure Flacelière and Isabelle Renard, Musée national de l’histoire de l’immigration, Paris
  • Group Show Moulin Joly, Galerie Anne de Villepoix, Paris
  • Collection David H. Brolliet – Geneva, Fondation Fernet-Branca, Saint-Louis
2016
  • Nouvelles acquisitions, Fondation Colas, Boulogne
  • Who Cares?, Galerie Anne de Villepoix, Paris
  • Utopie Picturale 3, FORMA Art contemporain & cabinet d’expertise, Lausanne
2014
  • Memo II, White Space, Beijing
  • Utopie Picturale 2, Fonderie Kugler, Geneva
  • Picturalités Singulières, Chateau d’Assas, Le Vigan
2013
  • Utopie Picturale, Villa Dutoit, Geneva
  • Ca grimpe, Galerie Charlotte Moser, Geneva
2012
  • 1912-2012 France – Chine, un siècle de dialogue, Fondation Yishu8, Beijing
  • Visage et Portrait, Galerie Charlotte Moser, Geneva
  • Tranches de carrés sur tranches de cercles, Saline Royale, Arc-et-Senans
  • Accrochage, Feast Projects, Hong Kong
2011
  • Résonance/Dissonance, Galerie Anne de Villepoix, Paris
  • Le Vent d’après, curated by Jean de Loisy and Ulla von Brandenburg, Ecole nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Paris
2010
  • Ligne de Chance, curated by François Bouillon and Bernard Moninot, Fondation Ricard, Paris
2008
  • Galerie Anne de Villepoix, Paris
  • Shcontemporary, Marlborough Gallery, Shanghai
  • Institut de France, Paris
  • Marlborough Gallery, New York
  • Galerie Serge Aboukrat, Paris
  • Salon de Montrouge, Paris
2007
  • Dessine moi un…, Galerie Serge Aboukrat, Paris
  • Back to Canvas, the Poetry Between Abstract and Imagism, Amelie Art Gallery, Beijing
2006
  • Shi Tang Arts Space, Beijing

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