Chen Naiqiu


Artist biography

Chen Naiqiu is seen as an established contemporary artist, Chen Naiqiu was born in 1935. Artists Alfonso Hüppi, Joop Birker, Dolly Buisson, Venice Alstergren, and Claude Barre are of the same generation.

Further Biographical Context for Chen Naiqiu

Born in 1935, Chen Naiqiu was largely inspired by the 1950s. It can be said that the 1950s were dominated by Abstract Expressionism, a form of painting that prioritised expressive brushstrokes and expressed ideas about organic nature, spirituality and the sublime. Much of the focus was on the formal techniques of painting, and ideas of action painting were conflated with the political freedom of the United States society as opposed to the strictures nature of the Soviet bloc. Important artists of the Abstract Expressionist Generation included Jackson Pollock (who innovated his famed drip, splatter and pour painting techniques), Willem de Kooning, Mark Rothko, Frank Kline, Barnett Newman, Clyfford Still and Adolph Gottlieb. It was a male dominated environment, though necessary reassessment of this period has underlined the contributions of female artists such as Lee Krasner, Joan Mitchell, and Louise Bourgeois, amongst others.