Ai Xuan, is a realist painter based in Beijing. Known in China as “Master Ai,
” he is best known for his finely rendered large-format portraits of Tibetan nomads.
His works often spark bidding wars at auctions, and 4 million yuan is considered a fair price. A collector at a 2011 Poly Auction sale in Beijing famously paid 28 million yuan (about $5 million) for one of Mr. Ai’s oil-on-canvas pieces.
“I think people are attracted to my paintings because of the solitude, the pride of the individuals despite the harshness of the natural environment, the bitterness of life,” Mr. Ai told the Journal this month, as he visited Hong Kong to open the exhibition “Colors From Ink.”
Ai Xuan (艾軒) is one of the most successful contemporary Chinese painters.Ai (born November 11, 1947 in Jinhua, Zhejiang. He has also won several awards including: in 1981, a second-class National Youth Arts Award for his oil painting “wholesale”; a Sichuan outstanding works Prize; and, in 1986, a second Asian art award for his oil painting “snow” .He teaches at Beijing Painting Institute. Ai is currently based in Beijing and is a member of the China Artists Association.