Kiki Xue Born and raised in the serene city of Chengdu, China, photographer Kiki Xue aims to express a wide range of emotions through a thorough investigation of details. Currently living and working as a fashion and art photographer in Paris, Kiki Xue has won the Photo Vogue Festival prize in Milan. As part of his fashion photography career, he works with top magazines, including Vouge Italia, Vogue China, Vogue Arabia, CR Mag, Harper's Bazaar China, Boycott and more.
In his works, he aims to express himself and to convey his appreciation of beautiful, imperfect objects and people through a variety of cultural forms. He does not conceal flaws and destructed details that to his belief are an inherent part of beauty. For example, his use of wilted flowers is an act of "resurrection" for the beautiful lives that has faded away. His detailed and thought out designs and compositions encourage the viewer to stop and observe the work, which then echoes as an internal reaction in the observer.
When he was young, Kiki Xue studied art with a focus on painting, which allowed him to practice the basic techniques. Even though he studied mathematics during college, which seemingly did not relate to art at all, these improved his logical thinking abilities, which allowed him to organize ideas and information. The knowledge and abilities he learned from fine arts and math enables him to “design” his photos to some extent. Most of his inspiration comes from paintings, from which he extracts different elements – mostly facial expressions – that are then combined in his photographs.
In 2010 Kiki Xue started his own fashion photography business, and in 2014, he came to Paris and began his fashion photography career. Choosing emotions and self-expression as the essence of his works, the clothes featured in it are an expressive element that is also employed to that purpose.
Chinese culture has shaped Kiki Xue's way of experiencing and expressing the world. His works present a constant status of fusion, between his own eastern emotion and the influence of western art and culture. In his works, he attempts to create a balance between these two different cultures and life-styles and merge them together.
Working mainly with portraiture, Kiki Xue is mostly influenced by Irving Penn's powerful and genuine portrayal of unique personalities. For him, every portrait tells a story. During the work process with the models, the artist establishes trust and creates a calm and quiet environment.
Xue observes the effect of natural light and works with it to illuminate his works. Working with both digital and film cameras, Kiki Xue explores many different realms; the human body, still life, portraiture and fashion; creating profound detailed images, full of textures, emotion and vibrant colors.