Cao Xiaodong

1961

Artist biography

Cao Xiaodong is an established contemporary visual artist, Cao Xiaodong was born in 1961. Artists like Jungjin Lee, Carroll, Teoh Teck Boo, Bettina Flitner, and Antoine Brac De La Perriere were also born in 1961.

Further Biographical Context for Cao Xiaodong

Cao Xiaodong was born in 1961, grew up during the 1980s and was influenced by the artistic atmosphere of the time. The generation of artists that grew up in, and took inspiration from, the 1980s was influenced by a period of fast growing global capitalism, political upheaval, notable wealth differences, global mass media and distinctive music and fashion, including electronic pop music and hip hop. The 1980s was the era of African famine, the height of the Cold War, and also the end of it, as marked by the fall of the Berlin Wall. Important art movements of the era include Neo Geo, The Pictures Generation and the global trend of Neo-Expressionism which manifested in Germany, the USA and Italy (where it was known as Transavanguardia). The decade was exemplified by artists like Anselm Kiefer, Jörg Immendorf, Enzo Cucchi, Francesco Clemente and Julian Schnabel. Street art and graffiti began to gain prominence, key artists of which include Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring and Kenny Scharf.

Cao Xiaodong

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