Fiona Rae

1963 · China

Artist biography

Fiona Rae is an established artist, who originates from China. Fiona Rae was born in 1963. Some of the artist's contemporaries that are born around the same year and in the same country include Liu Xiaodong, Zhang Huan, Guo Wei, Lin Tianmiao and Qin Feng.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Fiona Rae's work is on display in 3 galleries around the world, in countries like the United Kingdom, Belgium, and Germany. Galleries exhibiting Fiona Rae's work include Timothy Taylor | London in the United Kingdom, Galerie Nathalie Obadia | Brussels in Belgium, and Buchmann Box in Germany. Fiona Rae most recent exhibition recorded on Artland was at Galerie Nathalie Obadia | Paris, Rue du Bourg Tibourg in France with the exhibition Abstracts. The exhibition was open from 09 January 2020 until 06 March 2020.

Historical Context of China

China has always been a rather ungraspable figure in the eyes of the West, unique in its cultural and political structures and quite restricted in essence, but nonetheless representative of an incredibly refined and creatively lush culture. China remains a pioneer in technology and technical innovation, in the respective fields of the arts and sciences, and an astonishing number of innovations have been established by Chinese artisans. This includes true porcelain, with kaolin as the main ingredient, which was developed in the early 1300s. It is not until 1722 that the Meissen factory in Germany discovered the fundamental elements of the recipe, thus enabling Europe to produce porcelain of the same technical qualities. Throughout the modern and contemporary period, repressed from the influence of the West. Until the onset of the twentieth century, the Imperial power of China, rich of centuries old traditions, was thriving, but civil war ravaged the country as the forces of Chiang Kai Shek and Mao Zedong fought for the control of this great country, its people and resources.

Further Biographical Context for Fiona Rae

Fiona Rae was born in 1963 and was largely inspired creatively by the 1980s. The generation of artists that grew up in, and took inspiration from, the 1980s was influenced by a period of rapidly growing global capitalism, political upheaval, significant wealth discrepancy, global mass media and distinctive music and fashion, including electronic pop music and hip hop. The 1980s was the era of African famine, the height of the Cold War, and also the end of it, as marked by the fall of the Berlin Wall. significant art movements of the era include Neo Geo, The Pictures Generation and the global trend of Neo-Expressionism which manifested in Germany, the USA and Italy (where it was known as Transavanguardia). The decade was exemplified by artists like Anselm Kiefer, Jörg Immendorf, Enzo Cucchi, Francesco Clemente and Julian Schnabel. Street art and graffiti began to gain prominence, key artists of which include Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring and Kenny Scharf.

Fiona Rae