徐匡 (Xu Kuang)
b. 1938, Changsha, Hunan.
Xu Kuang studied at the Tao Xingzhi Academy in Shanghai from 1951 to 1954. Whilst attending the middle school at the Central Academy of Fine Art, he also received a Soviet socialist realistic style artistic education as at the time it was integrated into the Academy's curriculum.
During the late 1950s and early 1960s, Xu Kuang took to experimenting and exploring various styles and techniques for his print making. He made woodcuts with both oil-based ink and water-soluble colour as well as using the dabbing technique. By the next decade, his work had matured and he was incorporating the drawing techniques, chiaroscuro,(he had a very solid drawing ability) into woodcut prints. As a result, these works, which represent the height of his career, lent a sculptural quality to his figures and created a sense of volume. Equally, it led to him being most famed for his figural compositions.
His works are in the collections of institutions such as The Norwegian National Museum of Fine Arts, The French National Museum of Fine Arts as well as The China Gallery of Fine Art.