In addition to being a tremendously talented writer and violinist, Xiaoda Xiao is also a wonderful painter. His new book, The Visiting Suit: Stories From My Prison Life, chronicles Xiao's arrest at twenty years old for tearing a poster featuring 'The Great Leader's Image,' to his release from labor prison five years later.
Xiao is at work on a series of paintings depicting scenes from The Visiting Suit. Three of the paintings are completed: "The Visiting Suit" (title story, painting also featured on the cover to the book); "A Thorough Materialist Has Nothing to Fear"; and "The Devil's Trill."
The plan is to celebrate the release of The Visiting Suit with a gallery showing of Xiao's artwork in November. More details to come.