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Yuxiao Ran

Yuxiao Ran (b. 1996) is an artist from Chengdu, China. He was awarded a full government scholarship (SM1) to study in Singapore from 2011 to 2015, during which Ran received his first formal art education at Victoria Junior College in 2014.

Yuxiao Ran’s paintings are a record, or a re-creation of the artist's present experience. He primarily uses representational language to arrange images and motifs from different cultural spaces and times on the canvas. This "collage-like" visual arrangement is never precomposed. He seldom makes sketches for his paintings. Sometimes, the first thing to appear on the canvas might be a summer sky from his hometown of Yongchuan, or an image of a scissor blade hanging from a nail occupying a small portion of a largely blank space. Yuxiao values this spontaneous way of working because it makes up his "present," even though these "presents" often point to things from the past.

If there is one thing that his paintings intend to emphasise, it is that as the images slowly pile up on the canvas, the temporal and spatial identity they originally carried becomes less important. By extracting the pictorial language from their original contexts, Yuxiao wants to use a playful way to challenge, question, and subvert our habitual reading of images and symbols. Undoubtedly, this way of creation produces chaos and a lack of logical sense, but for him, this chaos is just the kind of realism that he experiences in the contemporary social environment. Human nature dictates that ones tend to favour pattern over randomness, which ensures the order they experience in their daily lives.

Yuxiao Ran is simultaneously a creator, a spectator, and critic of his work. He does not possess ownership over the images in his work, so their symbolic meanings are always fluid and elusive. Every time his painting is viewed, it is reborn.

Gallery Rosenfeld (London, UK) represents Yuxiao in United Kingdom.