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Gu Xiong
Gu Xiong was born in 1953 in China. He entered the Sichuan Fine Arts Institute, specialized in printmaking, received an MFA in 1985 and immediately became a drawing instructor at the Sichuan Institute. Gu Xiong was also a central figure in China’s pro-democracy Avant Garde art movement and was witness to the Tiananmen tragedy in Beijing. Following guest residencies at the Banff School of Fine Arts in 1986 and 1987, he emigrated to Canada and settled in Vancouver with dreams of continuing his art and teaching career in a country where artistic and intellectual freedom is encouraged. An internationally acclaimed artist, he is best known for his multi-media works exploring cultural hybridity, politics, geography, economics and issues facing our emerging global identity. His provocative painting, printmaking, sculpture, photography, installation and performance art have earned him a reputation as one of this country’s elite contemporary artists. 


School Backpacks, 2009​
10 colour woodcut
edition of 60
dimensions: 30" x 22"

For information on this and other available prints, please visit our AFK Editions.

For curriculum guides based on the exhibition Gu Xiong: a journey exposed, please visit our Resources​

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