Jiangsu, China b.1977
Born in Jiangsu province in 1977, Lu Xinjian completed his MFA at the Interactive Media and Environments at the Frank Mohr Institute at Hanze University, Netherlands in 2006. Sharing conventions, styles and techniques of abstract expressionism, Lu Xinjian’s works often depicts the bird’s eye view of modern cities in bright and contrasting colors. Lines, waves, curves and circles ripple and dance across flat surfaces, representing streets, blocks and other urban structures that denote the essence of cities. While retaining the signature architectures and city designs that allow their inhabitants to recognize the places they reside in, Lu’s treatment of these plans reveals the striking similarity among modern urban spaces. In his works, the cityscape has become de-centralized and flattened. Skyscrapers and low rises are rendered in equally simplified lines and structures, demonstrating a bustling urban density that could be applied to any modern city. Manifesting a cosmopolitan mindset, these works embrace and synthesize differences across various cultures and nations, while calling the viewers’ attention towards the increasingly standardizing urban spaces around the globe. Upon returning to Shanghai in 2010, Lu set off as an artist and soon exhibited his works in notable venues in China, England and the United States, including Matthew Liu Fine Arts, Shanghai, China, 2016; ART LABOR Gallery, Shanghai, China, 2010, 2012, 2014 and 2015; Hua Gallery, London, UK, 2014; Fabien Fryns Fine Art, Los Angeles, USA, 2011. Lu Xinjian’s work can be found in the public collections of institutions such as the White Rabbit Gallery, Sydney, Australia; DSL Collection, Paris, France; Anxin Trust collection, Shanghai, China. The artist currently lives and works in Shanghai.