Printmaking/Painting: Su Xinping 苏新平

Large red painting of men at dinner referencing The Last Supper

Born in Jining City of Inner Mongolia, Su Xinping drew in primary school and was identified as a talented student. He was accepted into the Tianjin Academy of Fine Arts in 1979 then continued to paint while in the army for two years, ultimately choosing art as his life’s work. Following completion of his study at Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing in 1989, he participated in numerous individual and group exhibitions overseas, in Australia and the US experiencing different artistic beliefs and visiting museums and galleries. Su Xinping established himself as a printmaker, his printmaking allows people to place work in their homes; it is economically important to him.

Though challenged by the time and energy required to teach, Su Xinping taught at the Fine Arts Department of the Normal University of Inner Mongolia (1983) and continues at the Central Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA) in Beijing. His students do written work so that he can understand their thinking and feelings. Generated by Su Xinping’s passion for the grassland of Mongolia, his affection and reverence for the earth and sky, he encourages his students to pay attention to the environment and to put it in artwork.

Taken from Interview Notes- Su Xue-Pin 9/5/09. Notes by Doug Blandy; Interview by Kristin Congdon and Notes from Su Xinping’s Art (Minglu, G. &, Jinan, Y. & Xiaoxia, S.)