Lu Xinjian


Lu Xinjian (born in 1977) in Yixing, Jiangsu province of China. Upon graduating in 2000 from the Computer Graphic Design department of the Nanjing Arts Institute, Lu pursued an Interactive Media Postgraduate degree at the Design Academy Eindhoven. In 2006, he received his M.F.A. from the Interactive Media and Environment department at the Frank Mohr Institute in the Netherlands. 


Deeply influenced by Piet Mondrian’s neoplasticism, Lu Xinjian draws from the abstract form of lines to depict modern metropolises by reducing their complexities to meticulous geometric shapes and sharp blocks of color. For example, the formulation of his City DNA series begins by using Google maps to obtain satellite images of select cities. Subsequently, through the use of lines and emblematic symbols overlooking a cityscape Lu Xinjian flattens trees, road signs and various other elements to construct a unique emblematic aesthetic for each city. 


His recent solo exhibitions include City DNA - Xinjian Lu, European Institute of Contemporary Art and Science, Zutphen, The Netherlands; Boogie Woogie, de Sarthe, Hong Kong; Infinite Lines, de Sarthe, Beijing, China and Constellation, ART LABOR Gallery, Shanghai, China. 


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