Cai Xiaohua

1960

Artist biography

Cai Xiaohua is a contemporary artist considered well established, Cai Xiaohua was born in 1960. Artists like Jan Baas, Chiara Borsi, Audrey Cricco, Berend Strik, and Pablo Lozano were also born in 1960.

Further Biographical Context for Cai Xiaohua

Born in 1960, Cai Xiaohua grew up during the 1970s and was inspired by the artistic atmosphere of the time. The art sphere of the 1970s was characterized by a longing to evolve and reinforce itself, as a response to the many tensions of the previous decade. One of the most central movement of the 1970s was Conceptualism, which emerged as an offshoot of Minimalism, while the experimental, creative journey of Process art emerged by combining essential aspects of Conceptualism with further considerations on art itself. The initial ideas of environmentalism sprung from Land Art, which took art into earth itself, sculpting the land and bringing art to the outdoors. For the first time since the regression of Abstract Expressionism, Expressive figure painting slowly resurfaced and regained its prominence, especially in Germany through the works of world renowned figures Gerhard Richter, Anselm Kiefer and Georg Baselitz. The city of New York remained as the most prominent artistic hub of the decade, with international artists drifting through the downtown scene, frequenting bars and art galleries, strengthening the idea of New York City as a cosmopolitan and refined cultural capital. A few noteworthy international movements that defined the era include photorealism, which was firstly introduced in the 1960s and reached commercial and critical success in the 1970s, as well as feminism which deeply influenced the visual culture.

Cai Xiaohua

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