Gao Xing-jian is a Chinese émigré novelist, playwright, painter, and director, who in 2000 was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. Gao was born in Jiangxi, China in 1940. In 1957, Gao graduated from the Department of French, Beijing Foreign Studies University. The ink wash painting by Gao Xing-jian is a kind of breakthrough and fusion of the artistic concept of Chinese traditional ink wash painting and Western abstract painting, while realizing the modern aesthetics and the contemporary sensibility.
Selected solo shows: 1985, People’s Art Theater, Beijing, China, Berliner Kunsterhaus Bethanien, Berlin, Germany, Alte Schmid, Vienna, Austria; 1987, Département de la Culture, Lille, France; 1989, Ostasiatiska Museet, Stockholm, Sweden; 1995, Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei, Taiwan; 1996, Palais de Justice, Luxembourg, Alisan Fine Arts, Hong Kong; 1997, Gallery Schimmel Center for the Arts, New York, USA; 2000, Asia Art Center, Taipei, Taiwan; 2001, “Gao Xingjian – A Retrospective”, Palais des Papes, Avignon, France, National History Museum, Taipei, Taiwan; 2002, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid, Spain; 2005, “Gao Xingjian Experience”, Singapore Art Museum, Singapore; 2006, iPreciation Gallery, Singapore.
Gao Xing-jian was awarded the title Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by France. In 2003, it is the “Year of Gao” in Marseille, France, featuring his painting, theatre, opera and cinema, and in 2008, the Chinese University of Hong Kong and the Consulate General of France in Hong Kong and Macao organized the “Gao Xingjian Arts Festival” in Hong Kong.