Cao Zhaoji is seen as an established contemporary artist, Cao Zhaoji was born in 1921. Artists born in the same year and of the same generation are José Beulas Recasens, Julio Aumente, Bai Ding, Hardy Strid, and Charles Algner.
Further Biographical Context for Cao Zhaoji
Born in 1921, Cao Zhaoji was largely influenced by the 1930s. The period of the 1930s is characterised by the clashing of a number of political ideologies, including Marxist Socialism, Capitalist Democracy, and the Totalitarianism of both Communism and Fascism. In the Soviet Union, Stalin’s government required urgent funds to implement the rapid industrialisation demanded by the first Five Year Plan. It initiated a secret proposal to sell off treasures from the State Hermitage Museum in Leningrad (St. Petersburg), including a preliminary list of two hundred and fifty priceless paintings by the Old Masters, many which ended up in the collection of Andrew Mellon via the New York based art dealing company, Knoedler.