Cheng Xinlian


Artist biography

Cheng Xinlian is an established contemporary artist, Cheng Xinlian was born in 1914. Also born in 1914 and of this same generation are Guido Ballo, Mikhail G. Bondarenko, None Andrade, Stanley Abeyesinghe, and Ricard Arenys.

Further Biographical Context for Cheng Xinlian

Born in 1914, Cheng Xinlian's creative work was primarily inspired by the 1930s. The period of the 1930s is characterised by the conflict between a number of political ideologies, including Marxist Socialism, Capitalist Democracy, and the Totalitarianism of both Communism and Fascism. In the Soviet Union, Stalin’s government required urgent funds to implement the rapid industrialisation demanded by the first Five Year Plan. It initiated a secret strategy to sell off treasures from the State Hermitage Museum in Leningrad (St. Petersburg), including a preliminary list of two hundred and fifty priceless paintings by the Old Masters, a number of which found their way to the collection of Andrew Mellon via the New York based art dealing company, Knoedler.

Cheng Xinlian

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