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In Chinese culture, bamboo represents the values of resilience, humility, friendship and harmony. From his childhood in Nanjing to his life as an artist in France, Ru Xiaofan has always applied the theme of bamboo to his artistic language and has shown a philosophical sensitivity to it in his work and life.
In the process of painting, Ru Xiaofan says, "I construct the images like a theatre scene, as if, as a painter, I am also a witness to my work, like an invisible, hidden spirit."
In the 2010s, the exhibition "The Return of Time"(le chapitre du " Temps retrouvé" )opened with Ru Xiaofan's depictions of bamboo forests and gardens. In Chinese culture, bamboo has been one of the favourite subjects of artists, poets and philosophers since ancient times, just as it is also omnipresent in everyday life, from cooking to architecture and literature. Ru Xiaofan's works reveal the simplicity and elegance of bamboo's lines, as well as its inherent resistance, its ability to run straight into the light and protect itself with eternal strength. It also evokes certain hidden, metaphysical and spiritual meanings in the tradition of the Confucian "Middle Way". As the philosopher François Jullien wrote, "Drawing inspiration from the growth of bamboo, it moves in an infinite spiral, in harmony with nature and the world".The Jingdezhen ceramic luohan on a crystal sphere, presented in 2021 in the rooms of the Musée Guimet in Paris, are also symbols of wisdom, resilience and harmonious order.
Ru Xiaofan, who enjoys literature and art history, mentions one of his favourite artists, Paolo Uccello, and the Chinese poet and landscape painter Wu Zhen. All three of them refer to the strength of bamboo, which is fragile but bends rather than breaks in the face of the wind or the storms of life.
For the painter Ru Xiaofan, a meditation on fate, the fragility of life and the passage of time, every end heralds a new birth. Like the flowers that grow out of empty holes in his works, or like miniature bamboos growing in narrow pots, they symbolise the small universe where nature and life are constantly renewed.
'Bamboos' No.2 Watercolour on paper 103*67cm 2023
'Bamboos' No.9 Watercolour on paper 103*67cm 2023
2023 "Les saisons des bamboos", ICICLE, Paris, curated by Pascale Le Thorel
2023 "We Are Family", Group Exhibition of 10 at the Museum of the History of Migration, Paris, curated by Hanru Hou