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Show RCA 2019

Mengfan Xia

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Major project:

Inability to Forget

Memory is an invisible wandering soul, which appears in the unconscious and conscious mind. It would be partly changed and mixed together during the passing time. Painting is like a recording, a machine, and it freezes and catches a certain time of reminiscence.


  • My works mainly explore the relationship between dreams, the unconscious and memory. I try to record untouchable and invisible things by painting and transforming their amorphous form into a physical reality.

    For me, painting is an act of dialogue with oneself. The brush is the medium of communication and the presentation of paint is the reflection of one's own behaviour.

  • Previous degrees

  • BA Fine Art, Jiangsu Second Normal University, Nanjing, China, 2012
  • Exhibitions

  • Group Show, Xuzhou Kindergarten Teachers College, Xuzhou, China, 2012; 'Gemeiqimei', Jiangsu Second Normal University, Nanjing, China, 2014; 'Thumbnails', Hockney Gallery, London, 2018; 'Ciphers of Recollection', Hoxton 253 Gallery, London, 2019; 'Ten Metaphor', Safehouse Gallery, London, 2019; 'The Moment of Falling', The Crypt Gallery, London, 2019; 'Art Fair in Hotel', Beijing, China, 2019
  • Awards

  • Jiangsu Culture and Art Award, 2012; ‘Yichengweiben’ Painting and Calligraphy Competition Award, 2013; Outstanding Graduates, 2014; Distinction Dissertation, 2014
Royal College of Art