Chen Nong

1966 · China

Artist biography

Chen Nong is a mid-career established artist, who was born and brought up in China. Chen Nong was born in 1966. Artists Liu Xiaodong, Zhang Huan, Guo Wei, Lin Tianmiao and Qin Feng are of the same generation and same country as Chen Nong.


Two galleries around the world represent and exhibit Chen Nong's work. These are mc2gallery in Italy and Reflex Amsterdam in the Netherlands.

Historical Context of China

China has always been a rather ungraspable figure in the eyes of the West, unique in its cultural and political structures and quite restricted in essence, but nonetheless representative of an incredibly refined and artistically lush culture. China remains a pioneer in technology and technical innovation, in the respective domains of the arts and sciences, and an dazing number of innovations have been established by Chinese artisans. This includes true porcelain, with kaolin as the key ingredient, which appeared in the early 1300s. It is not until 1722 that the Meissen factory in Germany uncovered the fundamental elements of the recipe, thus enabling Europe to produce porcelain of the same technical qualities. Productions of art in the modern period were essentially reworking the more classical, established ideals of Calligraphic ink work, when not engaging in endorsing the figures of social realism, ideals of the State.

Further Biographical Context for Chen Nong

Chen Nong was born in 1966 and was primarily inspired by the 1980s. The 1980s were a tumultuous period culturally, and were marked by growing global capitalism, global 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 a key 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 leading artists of the era, alongside Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring and Kenny Scharf, who established the street art and graffiti movements.

Chen Nong

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