Xu Qu was born in 1978, in Suzhou, (the southern coastal province of Jiangsu). He graduated with an MFA in Fine Arts and Film from Nanjing Art institute, Bachelor Degree in 2002. He then studied Fine Arts at the Braunschweig University of Art, Germany, under Professor John Armleder and Birgit Hein for a Diploma between 2003-2007 and a postgraduate study program under Professor John Armleder from 2007 to 2008. He lives and works in Beijing.
Xu Qu has been exploring a wide range of mediums, such as videos, paintings, sculptures and installations that are questioning the reality of our global world and power relations. Xu Qu’s artistic practice has always been focused on the aesthetic considerations behind social connections through direct movements, achieving this through a minimalist approach.
Recent solo exhibitions include Currency Wars curated by Jérôme Sans, Almine Rech Gallery, Brussels (2015); Hunting, Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing (2015). Selected group exhibitions include: The World III in the Third World, curator Bao Dong, Bangkok Tang Contemporary Art Bangkok, Bangkok (2014); Cosmos – Limited and limitless, existence and co-existence, curator Li Zhenhua, Shanghai 21st Century Minsheng Art Museum, Shanghai, (2014); Digging a hole in China, curator Lau Venus, OCAT Contemporary Art Terminal, Shenzhen; (2016); Bentu, des artistes chinois dans la turbulence des mutations, Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris (2016); ZHONGGUO 2185, Sadie Coles HQ, London (2017); Abstraction(s), Song Art Museum, Beijing, (2019).