Cao Ziyu

1956

Artist biography

Cao Ziyu is an established contemporary visual artist, Cao Ziyu was born in 1956. Also born in 1956 and of this same generation are Pedro Castrortega, Christina Mackie, Marieta Besu, Marlis Albrecht, and Zenon Burdy.

Further Biographical Context for Cao Ziyu

Cao Ziyu was born in 1956 and was largely inspired by the 1970s. The art sphere of the 1970s was epitomized by a desire to evolve and reinforce itself, as a response to the many tensions of the previous decade. One of the most central movement of the 1970s was Conceptualism, which appeared as an offshoot of Minimalism, while the experimental, creative voyage of Process art emerged by combining essential features of Conceptualism with further considerations on art itself. The initial ideas of environmentalism sprung from Land Art, which took art into earth itself, carving the land and bringing art to the outdoors. For the first time since the regression of Abstract Expressionism, Expressive figure painting slowly resurfaced and regained its status, especially in Germany through the works of critically acclaimed figures Gerhard Richter, Anselm Kiefer and Georg Baselitz. The city of New York remained as the most prominent artistic hub of the decade, with global artists drifting through the downtown scene, frequenting bars and art galleries, consolidating the idea of New York City as a cosmopolitan and sophisticated cultural capital. Towards the end of the 1970s, street art, emerging from graffiti, was starting to truly fascinate the fine art community. Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat helped legitimize spray painting and tagging, demonstrating that their artworks could exist at the same time in art galleries and on city walls. Following, the international extent of street art would become extremely influential, representing an extraordinary form of artistic expression.

Cao Ziyu

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