Cai Yier

1963

Artist biography

Cai Yier is seen as an established artist, Cai Yier was born in 1963. Also born in 1963 and of this same generation are Fiona Rae, Martin Beck, Olivier Aboucaya, Claudio Bellini, and Leslie Jane Brunnarius.

Further Biographical Context for Cai Yier

Cai Yier was born in 1963 and was largely inspired by the 1980s growing up. The 1980s were a turbulent period culturally, and were marked by growing global capitalism, global mass media, significant discrepancies in wealth, alongside a distinctive sense of music and fashion, epitomised by electronic pop music and hip hop. Artists growing up during this time were heavily influenced by this cultural culture. The 1980s were a key decade politically, marked by the African Famine and the end of the Cold War, which was signified by the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. Neo Geo and The Pictures Generation became leading art movements during the decade, alongside Neo-Expressionism which became popular in Germany, France and Italy (where it was known as Transavanguardia). Artists such as Anselm Kiefer, Jörg Immendorf, Enzo Cucchi, Francesco Clemente and Julian Schnabel were key artists of the era, alongside Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring and Kenny Scharf, who established the street art and graffiti movements.

Cai Yier

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