Chen Hongnian

1955

Artist biography

Chen Hongnian is seen as an established contemporary artist, Chen Hongnian was born in 1955. Also born in 1955 and of this same generation are Daniel Senise, Hugh Mendes, Jill Berelowitz, Lisa Barsumian, and Alain Bellino.

Further Biographical Context for Chen Hongnian

Chen Hongnian was born in 1955 and was largely inspired creatively by the 1970s. The art sphere of the 1970s was epitomized by a longing to grow and reinforce itself, as a response to the many tensions of the previous decade. One of the most important 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 earliest ideas of environmentalism bounced from Land Art, which took art into earth itself, sculpting the land and bringing art to the outdoors. For the first time since the regression of Abstract Expressionism, Expressive figure painting slowly re-emerged and regained its prominence, especially in Germany through the works of world renowned figures Gerhard Richter, Anselm Kiefer and Georg Baselitz. Most of the dominant artistic figures of the 1960s remained highly influential and popular throughout the 1970s. Andy Warhol, for example, fortified his status as a legendary artist, by branching out into film and magazine publishing, thus instituting a ground-breaking concept of cross-cultural activity for a visual artist of such fame. Towards the end of the 1970s, street art, evolving from graffiti, was starting to truly mesmerize the fine art community. Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat helped legitimize spray painting and tagging, proving that their artworks could subsist at the same time in art galleries and in urban settings. Following, the global extent of street art would become extremely influential, representing an extraordinary form of artistic expression.

Chen Hongnian

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