Cheng Xiangyu

1959

Artist biography

Cheng Xiangyu is a contemporary artist considered well established, Cheng Xiangyu was born in 1959. Artists born in the same year and of the same generation are Isabelle Dyckerhoff, Totok Buchori, Niels Peter Bruun Nielsen, Nicole-Felicia Brémond, and Laurent Bolignini.

Further Biographical Context for Cheng Xiangyu

Cheng Xiangyu was born in 1959 and was predominantly inspired creatively by the 1970s. The art sphere of the 1970s was epitomized by a desire to grow and strengthen itself, as a reaction to the many tensions of the previous decade. One of the most central movement of the 1970s was Conceptualism, which appeared as an offshoot of Minimalism, while the experimental, creative voyage of Process art emerged by combining essential aspects of Conceptualism with further reflections on art itself. The initial ideas of environmentalism sprung from Land Art, which took art into earth itself, sculpting the land and bringing art to the outdoors. For the first time since the decline of Abstract Expressionism, Expressive figure painting slowly resurfaced and regained its status, particularly in Germany through the works of critically acclaimed figures Gerhard Richter, Anselm Kiefer and Georg Baselitz. The city of New York remained as the most prominent artistic hub of the decade, with global artists wandering through the downtown scene, visiting bars and art galleries, strengthening the idea of New York City as a cosmopolitan and sophisticated cultural capital. A few significant international movements that sharpened the decade include photorealism, which was initially introduced in the 1960s and reached commercial and critical success in the 1970s, as well as feminism which deeply influenced the visual culture.

Cheng Xiangyu

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