Cai Mingzhi


Artist biography

Cai Mingzhi is seen as an established artist, Cai Mingzhi was born in 1931. Artists born in the same year and of the same generation are Jürgen Schadeberg, Lee Bontecou, Rose Alber, Hans Bucher, and Wlodzimierz Buczek.

Further Biographical Context for Cai Mingzhi

Born in 1931, Cai Mingzhi's creative work was primarily inspired by the 1950s. The 1950s can be said to have been dominated by Abstract Expressionism, a form of painting that prioritised dramatic brushstrokes and explored ideas about organic nature, spirituality and the sublime. Much of the focus was on the formal properties of painting, and ideas of action painting were conflated with the political freedom of the United States society as opposed to the strict nature of the Soviet bloc. Influential artists of the Abstract Expressionist Generation included Jackson Pollock (who innovated his famed drip, splatter and pour painting techniques), Willem de Kooning, Mark Rothko, Frank Kline, Barnett Newman, Clyfford Still and Adolph Gottlieb. It was a male dominated environment, but necessary reassessment of this period has underlined the contributions of female artists such as Lee Krasner, Joan Mitchell, and Louise Bourgeois, amongst others.

Cai Mingzhi

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