Chen Mei

1977

Artist biography

Chen Mei is seen as an established mid-career contemporary artist, Chen Mei was born in 1977. Also born in 1977 and of this same generation are Samantha Torrisi, Faye Toogood, Shen Wei, Simone Rosenbauer, and Stefan Burger.

Further Biographical Context for Chen Mei

Chen Mei was born in 1977 and was largely inspired creatively by the 1980s. The 1980s were a turbulent time culturally, and were marked by growing global capitalism, widespread mass media, significant discrepancies in wealth, alongside a distinctive sense of music and fashion, epitomised by electronic pop music and hip hop. Artists growing up during this time were heavily influenced by this cultural culture. The 1980s were an important decade politically, marked by the African Famine and the end of the Cold War, which was signified by the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. Neo Geo and The Pictures Generation became prominent art movements during the decade, alongside Neo-Expressionism which became well-known in Germany, France and Italy (where it was known as Transavanguardia). Artists such as Anselm Kiefer, Jörg Immendorf, Enzo Cucchi, Francesco Clemente and Julian Schnabel were key artists of the era, alongside Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring and Kenny Scharf, who established the street art and graffiti movements.