Born in Guangdong in 1966, Xiaoze Xie graduated from Tsinghua University and the Central Academy of Arts and Design, Beijing before moving to the United States. As a realist painter by vocation, Xie initially found a way to showcase his interest in Chinese history and current world events by focusing on the materials stored in archives and library stacks. Admitted to areas normally restricted to the general public, Xie was inspired by a number of sources including monochromatic bindings, pages characteristic of traditional Chinese books, and high-contrast photographs found in contemporary newspapers and magazines. Organized by Chambers Fine Art Gallery in New York, Layers refers to both the stacks of Chinese books and newspapers depicted in the paintings and the historical dimension of the events partially visible in many of the works.
Xiaoze Xie is the Paul L. & Phyllis Wattis Professor in Art, Department of Art & Art History at Stanford University.