Sui Jianguo was born in 1956 in Qingdao, Shandong province. After graduating from the art department of Shandong University of Arts, he received his MFA from the sculpture department of Central Academy of Fine Arts in 1989. Sui currently holds the position of faculty director of the sculpture department at the institution, and has also been an experimental pioneer impelling the modernisation of the language of Chinese sculptural art. Although Sui Jianguo's knowledge of art derives from the academy - and he has remained at the institute since his studies - he seeks artistic breakthroughs in both concept and theme, establishing his own unique and compelling artistic practice with idiosyncratic imagery.
Sui Jianguo has developed a continuum of the forms of artistic investigation. The artist demonstrates peerless insight and presentation with regard to art form, creative concept, choice of media, arrangement of material, and depiction of experiences in space and time. Clothes Veins Study Series was created by Sui Jianguo in 1998. Among the 14 artworks in the series, seven plaster sculptures that are paired with seven bronze sculptures of Mao suits constitute the core of the group. The bronze sculptures of Mao suits borrow their archetypes from classical Greek art as well as the time-honored statues by Renaissance master Michelangelo, exhibiting an allegorical profundity while continuing Sui Jianguo's focus on the Mao suit since his production of Legacy Mantle in 1997. This group of works reveals the Mao suit's Western origins despite the fact that this symbolic outfit entered the collective consciousness of China. An allegorical inversion is induced by the Mao suits in Western sculptural form. In Legacy Mantle, the suit turns out to be a system of appropriating Western knowledge for Chinese use. Legacy Mantle is a master work in which psychological confinement and conflict adopt the garment as visual vocabulary, expressing the view that the once-revered systems, methods, and symbols cover over form without body, unfolding the constraints brought by the homogeneity of collectivism as corporeal forms fill its inside with emptiness. Clothes Veins Study Series deconstructs the discussions and interrogations espoused in Legacy Mantle, indicating the progress of modernization in China during the course of cultural collisions between the East and the West.
Jianguo Sui , 20th Century, Sculptures, Statues & Figures, bronze, plaster/stucco, China, Contemporary, figures
Beijing, China, Passage Gallery, Clothes Veins Study by Sui Jianguo , 1999. (all works exhibited)
Lyon, France, Sharing Exoticisms: Contemporary Art Lyon Biennale, 2000. (selected works exhibited)
Guilin, China, Chinese Humanistic Mountains and Water-Environmental Artistic Exhibition, 2000. (selected works exhibited)
Shanghai, China, Shanghai Art Museum, Shanghai Spirit: Shanghai Biennale, 2000. (selected works exhibited, different media)
Oostende, Belgium, Museum of Modern Art, Between Earth and Heaven, New Classical Movements in the Art of Today, 23 February - 2 September 2001. (selected works exhibited)
Verona, Italy, Contemporary Art Center, Artists of Ideal, February, 2002. (selected works exhibited)
Beijing, China, National Art Museum of China, An Opening Era: Celebrating of 40th Anniversary of Founding of China National Museum of Fine Arts, 2003. (selected works exhibited)
San Francisco, USA, Asian Art Museum, Sui Jianguo: The Sleep of Reason, January 2005. (selected works exhibited)
Athens, Greece, Technopolis National Contemporary Art Centre, Beijing-Athens: Contemporary Art from China, 12-16 May, 2008. (Selected works exhibited)
Seoul, Korea, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Made in Pop Land , 2010.
CHINESE CERAMICS AND WORKS OF ART
Contemporary Art Lyon Biennale, Sharing Exoticisms, Volume 2, Lyon, France, 2000 (selected works exhibited, illustrated, p. 153).
Alisan Fine Arts, Oriental Plaza: Selected Contemporary Sculpture From China, Hong Kong, China, 2000 (selected works illustrated, p. 27).
Galeire Enrico Navarra, Made by Chinese, Paris, France, 2001 (selected works illustrated, p. 150-153).
Skira, Modernites Chinoises, Paris, France, 2003 (selected works illustrated, p. 77).
Museum of Modern Art, Between Earth and Heaven: New Classical Movements in the Art of Today, Ostend, Belgium, 2001 (selected works, illustrated, p. 259).
Edward Lucie-smith, Phaidon Press, Art Tomorrow London, UK, 2004 (selected works, illustrated, p. 146).
Jeff Kelly, Asian Art Muesum, Sui Jianguo: The Sleep of Reason, San Francisco, USA, 2004 (selected works exhibited, illustrated, pp. 26-28).
Hunan Fine Arts Publishing House, 1st Annals Exhibition of Chinese Contemporary Art, Hunan, China, 2005 (selected works illustrated, pp. 311-312).
Araio, Absolute Images, Korea, 2006 (selected works illustrated, pp. 87-89).
Louisiana Museum Of Modern Art, China Onward: The Estella Collection Chinese Contemporary Art, 1996-2006, Humlebak, Denmark, 2007 (selected works illustrated, p. 269).
Asia Art Center Co., Ltd, The Contemporary Road of Media and Tradition: Top 10 Chinese Contemporary Sculpture Exhibition, Beijing, China, 2007 (selected works illustrated, pp. 24-29).
Uta Grosenick and Casper H. Schubbe, China Artbook, Cologne, Germany, 2007 (selected works, illustrated, p. 391).
Technopolis of the city of Athens, Beijing-Athens Contemporary Art from China, Athens, Greece, 2008 (selected works illustrated, p. 101).
Lu Peng (ed.), Peking University Press, A History of Art in Twentieth-Century China (revised edition), Beijing, China, 2009 (selected works illustrated, pp. 914, 982).
Peking University Press, The Story of Art in China: from Late Qing Dynasty to Present, Beijing, China, 2010 (selected works illustrated, plates, 14-11).
Chinese Construction Industry Publishing House, Sculpture in China 1949-2010, Beijing, China (selected works, illustrated, p. 128).
National Museum of Contemporary Art, Made in Pop Land, Seoul, Korea, 2010 (selected works illustrated, pp. 43-45).
Artist Publishing, Sui Jianguo, Taipei, Taiwan, 2011, (selected works, illustrated, pp. 54-55).
Sichuan Fine Arts Publishing House, Chinese Schema: A Brief History of 25 Artists, Chengdu, China, 2011 (selected works, illustrated, pp. 150-151).
Shanghai Sanlian Bookstore, Contemporary Titans&i, Shanghai, China, 2012 (selected works, illustrated, p. 88).