Chen Xiangbo

1963

Artist biography

Chen Xiangbo is seen as an established contemporary artist, Chen Xiangbo was born in 1963. Artists born in the same year and of the same generation are Clay Johnson, Yoram Wolberger, Sylvian the Fish Man, Jo Baker, and Chen Ren.

Further Biographical Context for Chen Xiangbo

Chen Xiangbo was born in 1963 and was largely inspired creatively by the 1980s growing up. 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 atmosphere. The 1980s were a significant decade in terms of politics, 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 leading art movements during the decade, alongside Neo-Expressionism which became popular 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.