Cong Jianhui

1969

Artist biography

Cong Jianhui is a mid-career established artist, Cong Jianhui was born in 1969. Artists born in the same year and of the same generation are Melik Ohanian, Assa Ashuach, Giri Basuki, Darren Coffield, and Angela Dufresne.

Further Biographical Context for Cong Jianhui

Born in 1969, Cong Jianhui's creative work was largely inspired by the 1980s. The 1980s were an era of growing global capitalism, political upheaval, global mass media, wealth discrepancies and distinctive music and fashion, characterised by hip hop and electronic pop music. This had a strong impact on the generation of artists growing up during this time. The fall of the Berlin Wall at the end of the decade signified the end of the Cold War, yet the era was also marked by the African Famine. During this time leading art movements included Neo Geo, The Pictures Generation and Neo-Expressionism, which took a strong hold in Germany, France and Italy. Artists such as Anselm Kiefer, Jörg Immendorf, Enzo Cucchi, Francesco Clemente and Julian Schnabel were key artists working at this time, alongside Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring and Kenny Scharf, who developed the street art and graffiti movements, which quickly gained recognition.

Cong Jianhui

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