Cao Xiaoyang

1968

Artist biography

Cao Xiaoyang is a mid-career contemporary visual artist, Cao Xiaoyang was born in 1968. Artists Nathalie Bertrams, Carol Es, Thekla Ehling, Emmanuel Rivière, and María María Acha-Kutscher are of the same generation.

Further Biographical Context for Cao Xiaoyang

Cao Xiaoyang was born in 1968 and was largely inspired creatively by the 1980s. The 1980s were an era of developing global capitalism, political upheaval, global mass media, wealth discrepancies and unique music and fashion, characterised by hip hop and electronic pop music. This had a heavy impact on the generation of artists growing up during this time. The fall of the Berlin Wall at the end of the decade marked the end of the Cold War, yet the era was also marked by the African Famine. During this time prominent 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 primary artists working during this period, alongside Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring and Kenny Scharf, who established the street art and graffiti movements, which quickly gained an influential reputation.

Cao Xiaoyang

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