Cao Dezhao

1939

Artist biography

Cao Dezhao is seen as an established contemporary artist, Cao Dezhao was born in 1939. Artists Dario Villalba, Clem Abbott, Harley Brown, Anceschi Giovanni, and John Register are of the same generation.

Further Biographical Context for Cao Dezhao

Born in 1939, Cao Dezhao grew up during the 1950s and was influenced by the artistic atmosphere of the time. 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 highlighted the contributions of female artists such as Lee Krasner, Joan Mitchell, and Louise Bourgeois, amongst others.

Cao Dezhao

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