He Xi (b.1960, Beijing) lives and works in Shanghai. He trained at the Shanghai Arts & Crafts Vocational College, and the Chinese Painting Department of the Zhejiang Academy of Art (now the China Academy of Art). Of exceptional quality, his work is informed by the great tradition of Chinese painting, but firmly characterised by the artist’s unique vision and style. Quietly humorous and often enigmatic, his paintings explore the themes of freedom versus containment, finding a reflection of the human condition in the natural world. He is a member and Creative Research Director of the Chinese Painting Institute of Shanghai; a member of the China Artists Association; a syndic of the Shanghai Artists Association, and a committeeman of the Chinese Painting Committee. He Xi has been the subject of numerous solo exhibitions in museums such as the China Academy of Art Museum, the Suzhou Museum, and Taipei Changjiang Art Center.