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Xu Ke




Xu ke, a child of Shanghai, was born in 1958. He graduated from the Shanghai Industrial Art School and Shanghai Fine Arts Academy during a time of great chaos. It was not until he was 40 that he was able start his career as an artist. In the intervening years he worked, as best he could, on various things and then eventually as theater set designer in the Cultural Place in Shanghai.

He is typical of the “wasted generation” the generation who lived and grew at the time of the cultural revolution, having to abandon all personal development to serve “the great leap forward”. During that time education was restricted, traditions were no longer perpetuated and lost, and, of course, there was no more “scholar´s desk”.

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