SOAS University of London

Department of the History of Art and Archaeology, School of Arts

Nixi Cura

MA (Institute of Fine Arts, New York University)
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Department of History of Art and Archaeology, School of Arts

Senior Teaching Fellow

Ms Nixi Cura
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SOAS University of London
Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG
Brunei Gallery
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Term 2: Tuesdays, 10:00-12:00; or by appointment


Nixi Cura read East Asian Studies at Yale University, then specialised in Chinese painting and Buddhist art, with a minor in Romanesque art, at the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University. Her current research interests include Qing art, especially during the Qianlong reign (1736-1795), collecting and antiquarian practices in the Qing, Republican and Manchukuo periods, and contemporary Chinese visual culture. Nixi serves concurrently as Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Glasgow and co-founded the Arts of China Consortium.


'Martial values in painting: Chinese bannerman painters at the Qing court', in K.Roy and P. Lorge, eds., Chinese and Indian Warfare – From the Classical Age to 1870. (London: Routledge, 2014).

'Ye Hongxing: East of Eden'. London: Scream, 2013.

'On Prints and Multiples’, in L. Claypool , ed. China’s Imperial Modern: The Painter’s Craft (Edmonton: University of Alberta Museums, 2012).

Book review: 'How to Read Chinese Paintings', Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London (Oct 2009), 584-585.

'A "cultural biography" of the Admonitions scroll: the Qianlong reign, 1735-1795' in S. McCausland, ed., Gu Kaizhi and the Admonitions Scroll: Ideals of Etiquette, Art & Empire from Early China (London: British Museum, 2003).

'High Art, Luo Art' in Luo Brothers: Welcome the World Famous Brand (Schenectady, NY: Union College, 2003).

Editor, Arts of China Consortium virtual library, 1996-present.

Publisher, editor, and translator, Traditional Art Magazine, 1999-2001.


Honorary Research Fellow, School of Culture & Creative Arts, University of Glasgow

Arts Advisory Committee, Asia House
Secretary, Arts of China Consortium


  • Qing dynasty (1644-1911) painting and material culture
  • Qing bannerman and Manchu cultural history
  • Qing archaeology and tomb practice
  • Collecting and antiquarian practices during the Qing, Republican (1911-1949) and Manchukuo (1932-1945) periods
  • Ceramics of the Republican period (1911-1949)
  • Modern and contemporary Chinese visual culture