Chen Shaoshan

1960

Artist biography

Chen Shaoshan is an established contemporary visual artist, Chen Shaoshan was born in 1960. Artists Marc Trivier, Ran Hwang, Rudi Benetik, Arturo Guerrero, and Nicola Hicks are of the same generation.

Further Biographical Context for Chen Shaoshan

Chen Shaoshan was born in 1960, grew up during the 1970s and was influenced by the artistic culture of the time. Conceptualism is often perceived as a response to Minimalism, and the dominant art movement of the 1970s, challenging the boundaries of art with its revolutionary features. The movements that succeeded were all representative of a strong desire to evolve and consolidate the art world, in response to the tensions of the previous decade. Process art branched out from Conceptualism, highlighting some of its most essential aspects, but going further in creating mysterious and experimental artistic journeys, while Land Art brought creation to the outsides, initiating early ideas of environmentalism. In Germany, Expressive figure painting was given another chance for the first time since the decline of Abstract Expressionism almost twenty years ago, the genre reclaimed its prominence through the brushstrokes of Gerhard Richter, Anselm Kiefer and Georg Baselitz. The multicultural and refined position that New York city held in the 1960s remained just as influential in the 1970s. With multiple global renowned artists gravitating the galleries and downtown scene, the city once again reinforced its reputation as the artistic heart of the generation. All over, various movements defined the 1970s. Amongst others, feminism and the new radical ideologies it occasioned strongly influenced the visual culture. Photorealism, which had emerged in the 1960s, also received critical and commercial success. The critical, prominent artistic figures of New York city started to embrace painters and sculptors from Latin America.