Born 1980, China
Sun Xun is originally from Fuxin in Liaoning province, China and currently lives and works in Beijing. He graduated in 2005 from the Print-making Department of the China Academy of Fine Arts. In 2006 he established π Animation Studio. During 2010 he has received several notable awards including the “Chinese Contemporary Art Awards (CCAA Best Young Artist)” and “Taiwan Contemporary Art Link Young Art Award”.
Sun Xun makes predominantly monochromatic, highly detailed hand-drawn limited edition animation films and also exhibits his individual cell drawings and other mixed media works, sometimes alongside his films. His series of small mixed media works titled “Shock of Time” (2006) challenged notions of time, history and narration and utilized media such as newspapers, books and other documentary material that served to highlight certain passages of history. Other works have investigated the construction and narration of history, societal development and revolution and referencing such theorists as Marx, Adorno, and Horkheimer.
His recent film “21 KE (21 GRAMS)” (2010) has had its world premiere at the new “Orizzonti” section at the 67th Venice International Film Festival. This was the first Chinese animation film premiered at the Venice Film Festival. Recent solo exhibitions include: Clown’s Revolution, Holland Animation Festival, Center Museum, Utrecht, Netherlands (2010); 21KE, Minsheng Art Museum, Shanghai (2010); The Soul of Time, Kunsthaus Baselland, Basel, Switzerland (2010); Animals, Max Protetch Gallery, New York, U.S.A (2009); People’s Republic of Zoo, University of Essex Gallery, U.K.(2009); His Story, ShanghART H-Space, Shanghai (2009); The New China, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, U.S.A(2008); etc. Recent group exhibitions include: By Day By Night or Some (Special) Things a Museum Can Do, Rockbund Art Museum, Shanghai (2010); China Power Station – Part 3, Pinacoteca Agnelli, Torino, Italy (2010); Aichi Tiennale 2010, Aichi, Japan (2010); 2009 Ars Electronica Festival, Linz, Austria; etc.
Sun Xun is represented by www.shanghartgallery.com