Cheng Yong is seen as an established contemporary artist, Cheng Yong was born in 1961. Artists born in the same year and of the same generation are Lisa Beerntsen, Anne Gilson, Mariola Brillowska, Sam Durant, and Gerold Miller.
Further Biographical Context for Cheng Yong
Born in 1961, Cheng Yong grew up during the 1980s and was inspired by the artistic culture of the time. The 1980s were a tumultuous time culturally, and were marked by growing global capitalism, widespread 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 environment. The 1980s were a key decade politically, 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 prominent 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.