1980 Born in Shangqiu, Henan Province
2008 Graduated from Department of Printmaking of Central Academy of Fine Art, Master Degree
Buddhism, Taoism and Chinese ancient mythology Shan Hai Jing was a great influence on his creations. Many of his scenes, animals and plants can be traced in Shan Hai Jing. Shi’s works give audience a sense of hybridity, which blended reality, history and mythology altogether. It offers audience a platform to rethink reality issues under the contemporary social context. Shi’s work always begins with trivial objects. He depicts ordinary scenes, attempting to create a clear and mysterious world through calculated blank-leaving and space transformation. Through years, Shi Xinji’s artistic style gets more abstract in order to create a unique atmosphere. He tends to overcome various barriers in real life and transcend temporal-spatial constraints. Furthermore, his works represent his desolate spirit with a natural and pleasant interest. His artistic language contains surrealism features, but not so over-the-top like that of Surreal-Pop art, though it is more complicated and meaningful than Pop language. Shi also retains some randomness in his painting, triggering life and delight out of papers.