• QiuAnxiong, New Classic of Mountains and Seas I, Gas Station, 2006, Acrylic on canvas, 45x180cm
  • QiuAnxiong, New Classic of Mountains and Seas I, Landscape, 2006, Acrylic on canvas, 45x180cm
  • QiuAnxiong, New Classic of Mountains and Seas II: City of the Future, 2009, Acrylic on canvas, 180 x 45cm
  • QiuAnxiong, Farewell on Xiaoxiang River – River and Boat, 2010, oil on canvas, 100 x 233 cm
  • QiuAnxiong, Farewell on Xiaoxiang River No.2 - Pu Dong 9, 2010, Oil on canvas, 50x200 cm
  • QiuAnxiong, Farewell on Xiaoxiang River No.3 - Pu Dong 9, 2010, Oil on canvas, 50x200 cm
  • QiuAnxiong, Farewell on Xiaoxiang River No.4 - Pu Dong 9, 2010, Oil on canvas, 50x200 cm

Qiu Anxiong was born in 1972 in Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan province in the southwest of China. There, he studied the progressive artistic practice of Ye Yongqing and Zhang Xiaogang. A bar opened by Qiu and his friends became a hub for the blossoming underground music and art circles in Sichuan, and his colleagues included He Duoling, Zhou Chunya, and Shen Xiaotong. In 2003 he graduated from the University Kassel's College of Art in Germany after six years of studying both contemporary international art and traditional Chinese culture. In 2004 he began teaching at Shanghai Normal University, and currently lives and works in Shanghai.


Qiu Anxiong’s recent work consists largely of paintings, animations, and video installations. In the 2006 piece “The New Classic of Mountains and Oceans,” for example, Qiu employs multitudes of ink drawings and links them together in an animated form. The title itself refers to the ancient Chinese mythology Classic of the Seas and Mountains. Besides investigating the interaction between ancient and modern Chinese culture, this work and others like it have a dreamlike quality: the clearly delineated images framed by unbelievable narratives faithfully depict the absurdity of the world around us. This link to the everyday further enhances the political value of the work, which engages in a damning criticism of environmental degradation, social breakdown, and massive urbanization. Unlike younger artists, Qiu Anxiong does not indulge in the personal pleasures of the everyday, but rather takes the undifferentiated mass of history as his raw material.


Selected Solo Exhibitions


“Qiu Anxiong - New Book of Mountains and Seas Part2”, Aken Museum of Modern Art, Copenhagen, Denmark


Animated Narrative Crow Collection of Asian Art Museum,Dallas, Texas, U.S.A
Zoo, OCAT Contemporary Art Museum, Shenzhen


Zoo, Boers-Li Gallery, Beijing
Qiu Anxiong: New Book of Mountains and Seas - Spencer Museum of Art, Lawrence, KS, U.S.A


Utopia, Arken Museum of Modern Art, Copenhagen, Denmark
About -New Book of Mountains and Seas, Boers-Li Gallery, Beijing, China


Staring into Amnesia, Boers – Li Gallery, Beijing, China
Qiu Anxiong, Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, Japan


Selected Group Exhibitions


Lumière!The Shanghai 21st Century Minsheng Art Museum, Shanghai
Heterop-Entity, Myths, Narration, and Imagineation, E Museum of Contemporary Art
Shanghai Ever,  Shanghai Moca


PANDAMONIUM - Media Art from Shanghai, MOMENTUM Art Space, Berlin, Germany
“Social Meditation - Goodman from Sichuan”, performance project of Museum of Unknown, Germany Culture Center Shanghai
Translated Concussion-Chinese New Media Art Techniques and Practice since 2000


Ink Art, Past as Present in Contemporary China, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
The Origin of Dao: New Dimensions in Chinese Contemporary Art, Hong Kong Museum of Art


The 7th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art

See/Saw, project of Museum of Unknown,UCCA Art Museum, Beijing
1st Animation Biennale Shen Zhen, OCAT Art Center, Shen Zhen
OMEN2012-New Chinese Art, Art Museum of Shanghai, Shanghai


Moving Image in China1988-2011,Mingsheng Museum, Shanghai
Pattern-Vortex-Encounter, Museum of Unknown, Space Station, CAFA


Living in Evolution, Busan Biennale, Busan, Korea
Nanjing Biennale, Nanjing, China
The Seat of Meditation-Museum of Unknown, Art House, Shanghai
Trailer - Boers-Li Gallery, Beijing


In Between Realities and Fiction - Animamix Biennial Beijing Today Art Museum, Beijing
City_net Asia 2009 - Seoul Museum of Art (SeMA), Seoul
The 6th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT6)
2nd Biennale Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki, Greece
Uncanny world in Volk and Asia Contemporary Art, MOCA Hiroshima


Other, 11th Cairo Biennale, Cairo, Egypt

Mediations Biennale, Poznań, Poland
Revolutions: Forms that Turn, 2008 Sydney Biennale, Sydney, Australia
Crystal Painting, Osaka International Art Museum, Osaka, Japan
China Power Station: Part 3, Grand-Duc Jean Museum of Modern Art, Luxembourg


3rd Lianzhou International Photo Festival, Lianzhou
China Power Station Part2, Arstrup Fearnleys Museum of Modern Art, Oslo, Norway
Art Lan@Asia, Yokohama zaim art center, Yokohama, Japan


Hyper Design, 6th Shanghai Biennale, Shanghai Art Museum, Shanghai, China
Entry Gate: Chinese Aesthetics of Heterogeneity, MoCA Envisagel, Museum of Contemporary Art, Shanghai, China
China Independence Film Festival, Paris, France
Chaos City, Universal Studios-Beijing (now Boers-Li Gallery), Beijing, China


Scapes: The Century and Paradise, 2005 Chengdu Biennial, Chengdu, China
Retrospective Exhibition of Chinese Oil Painting, China National Museum of Fine Arts, Beijing, China


Four Corners, Singapore Tyler Print Institute


From China with Art, The Exhibition of Contemporary Chinese Painting, Galeri National Indonesia, Jakarta


1st Chengdu Biennial, Chengdu, China




2006,  Chinese Contemporary Art Award.

Selected Public Collection
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York,  
Museum of Modern Art,  New York.
Spenser Museum, Kansas University
Museum of University Oxford,
Kunst Halle Zurich,
Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo,
Art Museum Hongkong,
Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art,

2007 found an experimental project ”Museum of Unknown”, organized many event and exhibition and discussion of Art and Science and other academically area.