He Xi (b.1960, Beijing) lives and works in Shanghai. He trained at the Shanghai Arts & Crafts Vocational College, and the Chinese Painting Department of the Zhejiang Academy of Art (now the China Academy of Art). Of exceptional quality, his work is informed by the great tradition of Chinese painting, but firmly characterised by the artist’s unique vision and style. Quietly humorous and often enigmatic, his paintings explore the themes of freedom versus containment, finding a reflection of the human condition in the natural world.

He is a member and Creative Research Director of the Shanghai Chinese Painting Academy; National First-class Artist of China; a member of the China Artists Association; a syndic of the Shanghai Artists Association and China Hue Art Society, and a committeeman of the Chinese Painting Committee. He Xi is also Professor of the Shanghai Academy of Fine Arts, Shanghai University and the Shanghai Institute of Visual Arts.

His work has been the subject of numerous solo exhibitions in museums such as the China Academy of Art Museum, the Suzhou Museum, and the Shanghai Chinese Painting Academy Art Museum. In 2020, the National Museum of Wildlife Art, located in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, United States, purchased a major work.