In Xie Lei’s paintings, animals and plants are personified, while human characters are intimately incorporated in their surroundings. While these environments are depicted by conventional signs, Xie Lei often eschews delineating ground from sky, and foreground from background, disseminating a sense of ethereality into paintings that look no more like windows into a new world but as symbolist talismans facing the viewer.


Recent solo exhibitions include Victim, Lyles & King, New York, NY (US); Slumbers, Meessen de Clercq Gallery, Brussels (BE); Xie Lei, Z Gallery Arts, Vancouver (CA); Poe’s Garden, Z Gallery Arts, Vancouver BC (CA); Walden II, Yima Gallery, Chengdu (CN); Entre Chien et Loup, Palais des Beaux-Arts, Paris (FR); Sans rivage, Galerie Anne de Villepoix, Paris (FR); and Murmur, Grenier du Chapître, Cahors (FR). Xie Lei has work in the collections of the Fondation Colas, Boulogne-Billancourt (FR); Musée d’Art Contemporain du Val-de-Marne (MAC VAL), Vitry-sur-Seine (FR); Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary (TBA21), Madrid (ES), Vienne (AT) and X Museum, Beijing (CN).


Xie Lei participates in the exhibition Close, curated by Russell Tovey, on view March 4 - April 6, 2023. For information about the artist please visit Semiose.