Gao Xingjian 高行健 (b. 1940)

Gao Xingjian is a novelist, playwright, painter, photographer as well as film and theatre director; sustaining a successful career both in academic and artistic disciplines. Born in Jiangxi province, Gao studied French at the Beijing Foreign Studies University and was the first Chinese individual to receive a Nobel Prize in Literature in 2000.

Gao’s paintings are works of art that bear an original and unique artistic vision that is equal to his outstanding literary oeuvre. “Painting begins where language fails” is one of Gao’s famous quotes which succinctly characterizes his art and his philosophy in life. Gao’s creation of space and depth are not direct observations but spatial dimensions felt by his inner self. His proficiency in using Chinese brushstrokes and applying ink to create works on paper and canvas has created and inspired new directions in Chinese ink painting. He often portrays his inner mindscape, leading the audience to a world invisible to the human eye. A silhouette is often portrayed to mirror an onlooker who seeks deeper meaning in life. Even though Gao has lived in France for thirty years, much of his philosophy still strongly relates to his Chinese aesthetics and Buddhism; his works reflect this unique identity. Gao has held more than thirty exhibitions around the world. In 2015, a retrospective exhibition was held at the Musee D’Ixelles, Brussels and the Royal Museums of Fine Arts Brussels acquired a work for their permanent collection. Gao currently lives and works in France.


1962 | Beijing Foreign Studies University

 Selected Solo Exhibitions

  • 2021 | Solitude, iPreciation, Singapore / National Taiwan Normal University, Gao Xingjian Centre, Taipei, Taiwan 
  • 2019 | Art Paris 2019, Galerie Claude Bernard, Paris, France
  • 2017 | Gao Xingjian The Awakening of Consciousness, Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium, Brussels, Belgium
  • 2016 | Gao Xingjian – Layers of Light, Ink in Mind, Alisan Fine Arts, Hong Kong
  • 2016 | Gao Xingjian Solo Exhibition, Galerie Simoncini, Luxembourg
  • 2016 | Calling for A New Renaissance, Asia Art Centre, Taipei, Taiwan
  • 2015 | Gao Xingjian: Retrospective, Museum of Ixelles, Brussels, Belgium
  • 2015 | The Awakening of Consciousness, The Royal Museums of Fine Arts, Brussels, Belgium
  • 2015 | L’intérêt d’un instant, J.Bastien Art, Brussels, Belgium
  • 2015 | Wandering And Metaphysical Thoughts, Aktis Gallery, London, UK
  • 2015 | Gao Xingjian: Llamada A Un Renacimiento, Sala kubo-kutxa, San Sebastián, Spain
  • 2013 | Asia Art Center, Taipei, Taiwan
  • 2013 | The Art Gallery, University of Maryland, US
  • 2013 | iPreciation, Singapore
  • 2012 | An Exhibition of Ink on Canvas Paintings by Gao Xingjian, iPreciation, Hong Kong
  • 2012 | Galerie Simoncini, Luxembourg
  • 2011 | iPreciation, Singapore
  • 2011 | Galerie Claude Bernard, Paris, France
  • 2011 | Galería Senda, Barcelona, Spain
  • 2011 | J. Bastien Art Gallery, Brussels, Belgium
  • 2010 | iPreciation, Singapore
  • 2010 | Asian Art Center, Taipei, Taiwan
  • 2010 | CasalSolleric, Palma, Spain
  • 2010 | J. Bastien Art Gallery, Brussels, Belgium

Selected Group Exhibitions

  • 2019 | Art season, Domaine de Chaumont-sur-Loire – Centre d’Arts et de Nature, Chaumont-sur-Loire, France
  • 2018 | Presentation during 4th Barcelona Gallery Weekend 2018, Galería Senda, Barcelona, Spain
  • 2017 | And What, for Example, Am I Now Seeing?, Galleria Continua – Les Moulins, Boissy-le-Châtel, France
  • 2016 | L’esprit singulier – Collection de l’Abbaye d’Auberive, Halle Saint Pierre, Paris, France
  • 2015 | BRAFA 15, Brussels Antiques & Fine Arts Fair, Bruxelles, Belgique
  • 2015 | Hong Kong Art Basel, Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, Hong Kong
  • 2014 | Art Paris, Grand Palais, France
  • 2013 | Art Paris, Grand Palais, France
  • 2012 | BRAFA 12, Brussels Antiques & Fine Arts Fair, Bruxelles, Belgique
  • 2009 | Galerie Claude Bernard, Paris, France
  • 2008 |Art Paris, Paris, France
  • 2007 | Kunst 07, Zurich, Switzerland
  • 2006 | Galerie Alice Pauli, Lausanne, Switzerland
  • 2005 | Art Paris, Carousel du Louvre, Paris, France
  • 2005 | Galleria Torbandena, Trieste, Italy
  • 2005 | Galerie Alice Pauli, Lausanne, Switzerland


  • 2002 | Legion of Honour by then French president Jacques Chirac
  • 2002 | Golden Plate Award by the American Academy of Achievement
  • 2000 | Nobel Laureate for Literature
  • 1997 | Le Prix du Nouvel An Chinois for his novel la Montagne de l’âme
  • 1994 | French Community of Belgium Prize for his play

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Images of artworks




Press Releases

– Press Release: Gao Xingjian at Art New York in May 2016

– Press Release: Gao Xingjian at Art Basel Hong Kong 2016, Film Section


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