Xie Lei

Opening May 24th, 6 – 9 pm
May 24th – Jun 29th, 2024
Caprii, Düsseldorf

Xie Lei chose painting through personal conviction, as it opens up a pathway towards a language capable of expressing his sensory universe and a field of experimentation that allows him to delve into the specificity of this medium in the contemporary world. His work always starts with a basis in reality before taking flight into explorations of uncertain or ambiguous realms, transformed by his imagination. Most of his paintings refer to murky or disturbing situations, discreetly linked to literary or cinematographic memories or drawn from a profound crucible of personal emotions. His work dwells on the complexity of events and situations and above all the ambiguity and tensions they foster. His recent painting intrigues through their exploration of a world in-between sleep and death, torment, and eroticism. The colours are somber yet shift towards the luminous and the powerful. His touch is both fluid and textured. Xie Lei’s painting is singular in that it offers up an alternative perception of time: in a salutary manner, it suggests a slowing of the spectator’s gaze and an escape from the intoxicating world of immediacy and constant acceleration.

Xie Lei (b. 1983 in China) has lived and worked in Paris since 2006. He graduated from the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing then the Ecole nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris where he received also the PhD in visual arts. His works have been exhibited in numerous institutions: Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris; MO.CO, Montpellier; CAPC, Bordeaux; Villa Noailles, Hyères; Musée des Beaux-Arts de Lyon; Collection Lambert, Avignon; MAC VAL, Vitry-sur-Seine; K11 Art Foundation, Shanghai; Langen Foundation, Neuss; Musée National d’Histoire d’Immigration, Paris; Yishu 8 Foundation, Beijing; Ricard Foundation, Paris. His oeuvres feature in many public and private collections such as the Albertina Museum, Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary, Institute of Contemporary Art in Miami, MAC VAL, Frac Pays de la Loire in Nantes, Rennie Collection in Vancouver, Colas Foundation, Burger Collection and X Museum. Xie Lei was a resident of the Casa de Velázquez in 2020-2021 and Villa Medici in 2024.

Previous Exhibition