西亚蝶曾于西安电影制片厂的工艺部门工作。自从他在北京同志中心（2010）举行个展以来，他也广泛参展世界各地的展览，其中包括曼谷艺术文化中心（2019）及台北当代艺术馆（2017）的《光合作用：亚洲当代同志议题展》。他的作品也曾在华沙Ujazdowski城堡当代艺术中心（2020）；北京长征空间（2019）；卢布尔雅那平面艺术双年展（2019）；上海外滩美术馆（2019）；光州双年展（2018）；柏林Nome 画廊（2018）；香港Para Site空间（2017）、安特卫普Verbeeck画廊（2015）、阿姆斯特丹热带博物馆（2015）、哥德堡世界文化博物馆（2013）、斯德哥尔摩东亚博物馆（2012）、美国圣佩德罗Flazh!Alley艺术工作室（2012）等地展出。关于西亚蝶的报导散见于Hyperallergic、BBC、洛杉矶时报、环球时报、陕西电视台、东方卫视、央视、et alors?、倡导者。他是中国民间文艺家协会和陕西省民间文艺家协会的会员。
Xiyadie (b. 1963, Shaanxi, China) is a self-taught traditional Chinese papercut artist who starting creating works with homoerotic themes to tell his narrative of transformation. Xiyadie means Siberian Butterfly, a name he chose after his move to Beijing as a migrant worker in 2005, where he found an accepting community in the burgeoning gay subcultural scene. As he relates, the Siberian Butterfly is a northern creature. Surviving in the harshest conditions, it maintains its vanity and pursuit of freedom in an environment that does not lend political agency or representation to queer-identifying people.
In the late 1980s, his native Shaanxi Province was a centre for the preservation of folk arts including papercutting, which originates in the Eastern Han Dynasty (25–220 CE). Xiyadie subverts this historical form by depicting scenes of queer eroticism, where human beings are fused with nature and gay virility combines with the fertility of gardens and animal life. Due to the thinness of Chinese rice paper traditionally used for this craft, each work is made in editions, though the artist also works with materials like newspaper and silk, intricately cut and dyed by hand.
Xiyadie has worked in the crafts department of the Xi’an Film Studio. Since his debuted solo exhibition at the Beijing LGBT Center (2010), his works have been shown extensively. He was a participating artist in Spectrosynthesis: Asian LGBTQ Issues and Art Now at BACC, Bangkok (2019) and MOCA, Taipei (2017) marking the largest survey exhibitions of its kind in Asia. His works have also been shown at Ujazdowski Castle Centre for Contemporary Art, Warsaw; Long March Space, Beijing (2019); Ljubljana Biennial of Graphic Arts (2019); Gwangju Biennale (2018); Nome Gallery, Berlin (2018); Para Site, Hong Kong (2017); Galerie Verbeeck – Van Dyck, Antwerp (2015); Topenmuseum, Amsterdam (2015); Museum of World Culture, Gothenburg (2013); Museum of Far Eastern Antiquities, Stockholm (2012); and Flazh!Alley Art Studio, San Pedro, USA (2012). Xiyadie has been profiled by Hyperallergic, BBC News, Los Angeles Times, Global Times, Shaanxi TV, Dragon TV, CCTV, et alors? and Advocate. He is a member of the China Society for the Study of Folk Literature and Art, as well as the Shaanxi Society for the Study of Folk Literature and Art.
个展 SOLO EXHIBITIONS
Cut Sleeve, Split Peach
NOME Gallery, Berlin
Metamorphosis of a Butterfly: A Kaleidoscope Vision of Life by a Gay Chinese Artist
Flazh!Alley Art Studio, San Pedro, US
群展 GROUP EXHIBITIONS
Crack Up — Crack Down
Ujazdowski Castle Centre for Contemporary Art Warsaw, Poland
Nome, A Lexicon
NOME Gallery, Berlin
Imagined Borders, The 12th Gwangju Biennale, Gwangju, South Korea
Spectrosynthesis: Asian LGBTQ Issues and Art Now
In Search of Miss Ruthless
Para Site, Hong Kong
Antwerp Queer Arts Festival
Galerie Verbeeck – Van Dyck, Antwerp, Belgium
Museum of World Culture, Gothenburg
Museum of Far Eastern Antiquities, Stockholm