The international recognition of Contemporary Chinese art soon led to a growing domestic demand in China. Paired with its growth as one of the fastest growing economies in the world, this triggered an exponential increase in the number of museums, galleries, and auction houses across the nation. In 2000, China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan contributed only one percent to the global art market, while in 2020 it has climbed to twenty percent, on par with the United Kingdom as second largest markets in the world after the United States. In addition, while the two Western countries saw annual sales drop by over twenty percent due to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, the sales of China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan fell by only twelve percent, achieving an estimated total of ten billion US dollars. During this meteoric rise, Xue Song was careful not to lose sight of the path of his career. While many of his contemporaries burned out, either in terms creative output or market response, Xue Song continues to be a highly active member of China’s Contemporary art scene, regularly participating in high-profile art fairs including Art Basel, Hong Kong and Art Taipei, and also large-scale exhibitions like his 2019 retrospective Phoenix – Art from the Ashes at the Long Museum, Shanghai. Xue Song’s continuing success reflects his understanding of his role as an artist in today’s society, as well as the conscious choices he makes in the management of his career, many of which parallel those made by his inspiration; Andy Warhol.