Cao Gongdu

1966

Artist biography

Cao Gongdu is seen as an established mid-career contemporary artist, Cao Gongdu was born in 1966. Artists Peter Stauss, Omar Abd Althaher, Katerina Bittmanová, Alexan Alekian, and Maria Friberg are of the same generation.

Further Biographical Context for Cao Gongdu

Born in 1966, Cao Gongdu's creative work was predominantly influenced by the 1980s. The 1980s were an era of growing global capitalism, political upheaval, worldwide mass media, wealth discrepancies and unique music and fashion, characterised by hip hop and electronic pop music. This had a strong impact on the generation of artists growing up during this era. The fall of the Berlin Wall at the end of the decade marked the end of the Cold War, yet the era was also distinguished by the African Famine. During this time influential art movements included Neo Geo, The Pictures Generation and Neo-Expressionism, which took a strong hold in Germany, France and Italy. Artists such as Anselm Kiefer, Jörg Immendorf, Enzo Cucchi, Francesco Clemente and Julian Schnabel were key artists working at this time, alongside Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring and Kenny Scharf, who established the street art and graffiti movements, which quickly gained an influential reputation.

Cao Gongdu

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