Chen Yiwei


Artist biography

Chen Yiwei is an established contemporary visual artist, Chen Yiwei was born in 1961. Artists born in the same year and of the same generation are Markus Brendemoe, Paola Di Bello, Sergei Barkov, Vik Muniz, and Meschac Gaba.

Further Biographical Context for Chen Yiwei

Chen Yiwei was born in 1961 and was primarily inspired creatively by the 1980s. The generation of artists that grew up in, and were inspired by, the nineteen eighties was influenced by a period of rapidly growing global capitalism, political upheaval, significant wealth differences, global mass media and distinctive music and fashion, including electronic pop music and hip hop. The 1980s was the era of African famine, the height of the Cold War, and also the end of it, as marked by the fall of the Berlin Wall. influential art movements of the era include Neo Geo, The Pictures Generation and the international trend of Neo-Expressionism which manifested in Germany, the USA and Italy (where it was known as Transavanguardia). The decade was exemplified by artists like Anselm Kiefer, Jörg Immendorf, Enzo Cucchi, Francesco Clemente and Julian Schnabel. Street art and graffiti started to gain recognition, key artists of which include Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring and Kenny Scharf.