Chang Cheng

1972

Artist biography

Chang Cheng is an established mid-career artist, Chang Cheng was born in 1972. Also born in 1972 and of this same generation are Heidrun Wood Enemy, Wangechi Mutu, Michael Riedel, Cyrille André, and Arnaud Lesage.

Further Biographical Context for Chang Cheng

Chang Cheng was born in 1972 and was largely inspired by the 1980s growing up. The 1980s were an era of increasing 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 strong impact on the generation of artists growing up during this time. The fall of the Berlin Wall at the end of the 1980s marked the end of the Cold War, yet the era was also distinguished by the African Famine. During this time prominent art movements included Neo Geo, The Pictures Generation and Neo-Expressionism, which took a particular 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.

Chang Cheng

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