Following Xiong Yu’s solo exhibition “Angel in City”, another solo exhibition, “Mirrors of the Heart”, will open at VA gallery on July 8, 2011.
“Everyone has a mirror in their heart. You’ll see another you when you touch your innermost heart.”
Xiong Yu is one of the most outstanding Chinese contemporary artists and also an important representative of post-70s artists. In his works one can find many characteristics of mid to late 1970s artists, including their dreams, visual cartoon styles, experiences of illusion, images and colors’ “cool”, as well as expressions of electronic culture. With his classical background, Xiong Yu always breaks the rules of real society and constructs his own art language through surreal and virtual worlds. His works touch upon topics of ideals and realities and focus on the relationship between social reality and ideals. The elements of wings and beams of light in his works convey people’s faith. The artist says: “Everyone has a dream, existing in their hearts just like invisible wings. “ Xiong Yu’s works are not influenced by fixed forms. These exaggerated characters with big eyes and elegant gestures easily draw viewers’ eyes to the works, and face directly into our hearts. Xiong Yu’s works bring one back to any dream or desire one has ever had.
“You will see your real self through the mirror of the heart.”
Xiong Yu was born in 1975 in Chengdu, Sichuan province. He earned his Master’s degree from the Oil department of Sichuan Academy of Fine Arts in 2002, and now is an assistant professor at the Art College of Sichuan University. Xiong Yu has been active in contemporary art since 2000, and his works have been shown at many important exhibitions domestically and internationally. This exhibition ends on July 31, 2011.