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Nong Shaohua

Before moving to Songzhuang, Beijing and settling in a studio in 2010, Nong Shaohua had several jobs in Shanxi Province, where he was born and grew up. Nong worked maintaining boilers and cleaning trains and never engaged in any formal academic art study. Instead Nong explored his own way of painting. Decrepit bikes, leave covered country roads, a voyeuristic man leaning against a wall, a chicken wandering on a roof… Nong’s unique and free organization of these ordinary, seemingly insignificant aspects of his paintings reveal to us the indeterminate plot, subtle symbols, and humorous irony that marks his work.


Nong Shaohua says his inspiration comes mainly from meditating, and that he is also influenced by the random and accidental in everyday life. He also draws some influences from film.  On looking at his paintings it is clear that he intentionally avoids presenting a clear cultural identity, and similarly avoids topics linked to current events and happenings. This is clear from the ways in which Nong often obscures the individuality of the characters in his paintings, as well as their social status, cultural backgrounds and even genders. He ultimately creates his own worlds within his paintings, one which is fantastical in its detachment from the real world. His canvases are not marked by some traditional Chinese painting style, nor are they comfortably viewed and understood with reference to Western, or ancient, or even contemporary artistic techniques and subjects. For example, his paintings are often not constrained by traditional rules of perspective.

In all of this Nong Shaohua is able to present a surreal and dreamlike world, both in form, technique, and subject. Nong hopes that his paintings are accessible and that no matter where his audiences come from and regardless of their cultural background they are able to read the stories he presents, become lost in their plots, and feel their varied emotions, from depression and sadness to happiness and cheerfulness.

Reference: Daily Fantasy: Nong Shaohua and His Art by Chen Honghan

Nong Shaohua                         农 少 华



Born in Shanxi Province


Living and working in Beijing


Solo Exhibitions







Montage of the Mind, Red Gate Gallery

Scent of a Poppy, Xi Space, Beijing


Golden Years, ART Gallery, Beijing


Daily Koan - Nong Shaohua Oil Painting, Abstract Art Gallery, Beijing


Reunion, 110 Art Space, Beijing

Debris and Memories, MN Space, Beijing


Group Exhibitions





He for Her, Ginkgo Space, Beijing

Captain Nong Shaohua and Jia Bei, Dahewai Art Museum, Beijing

Chinese Contemporary Artists, Hokkaido, Japan

Between Cold and Warmth, Milky Way Space, Beijing

Under the Surface, SZ Space, Beijing

Art is Borderless, Sunshine Museum, Beijing


Acknowledged: Gained and Felt, Chengming Wanhe Museum, Beijing


Old Nong and Jiabei, 3138 Ku A Space, Beijing

Nanjing International Art Fair, Nanjing, China


9 am - 5 pm Daily
Levels 1 & 4,
Dongbianmen Watchtower,
Dongcheng, Beijing
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