Further Biographical Context for Chen Zilin
Born in 1927, Chen Zilin was primarily influenced by the 1930s growing up. Internationally this period can be best characterised by the conflict between the world’s dominant political philosophies - Marxist Socialism, Capitalist Democracy, and the Totalitarianism of both Communism and Fascism. n Europe, Surrealism continued to be the dominant artistic trend; a kind of expression and school of thought that by this time had spread across the globe. In Mexico, artists like Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera incorporated a number of these principals into their radical political ideologies to develop a new kind of magic realism.