1988 · China
Lu Chao is a young emerging artist, who was born and brought up in China, like other well-known artists such as Hu Wei, Zhou Siwei, Luka Yuanyuan Yang, Zhenning Li, and Sun Xun. Lu Chao was born in 1988.
Galleries and Exhibitions
Two galleries around the world represent and exhibit Lu Chao's work. These are Rosenfeld Porcini in the United Kingdom and Galerie Nathalie Obadia | Brussels in Belgium. Lu Chao's work has most recently been displayed during the exhibition Verticality at Rosenfeld Porcini in London, the United Kingdom. The exhibition was open from 19 July 2018 until 10 July 2018. Lu Chao's only other exhibition is Dear Hong Kong..., which took place at Galerie Nathalie Obadia | Paris, Rue du Bourg Tibourg in France (18 March 2020 - 18 April 2020).
Historical Context of China
China has always been a rather enigmatic figure in the eyes of the West, distinctive in its cultural and political institutions and quite restricted in nature, but nonetheless representative of an incredibly sophisticated and artistically 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 key ingredient, which appeared 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 era, repressed from the influence of the West. Until the onset of the twentieth century, the Imperial power of China, abundant of centuries old traditions, was thriving, but civil war shattered 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 Lu Chao
Lu Chao was born in 1988 and was predominantly influenced by the 1990s growing up. In the United Kingdom, a collective of artists known as the YBAs, or Young British Artists, dominated the artistic culture of the decade. They were a loosely affiliated and diverse group, connected generally by their age and nationality. Many of the members had attended the Royal College of Art and Goldsmiths in London, and were favoured by Charles Saatchi, the ‘super collector’ of art at the time. The most well-known member of the group is arguably Damien Hirst, and other members included Chris Ofili, Tracey Emin, Marc Quinn, Gavin Turk, Sarah Lucas and Sam Taylor-Johnson (née Sam Taylor-Wood). Through their use of shock tactics and sensationalism, the YBAs garnered a divisive reputation image which was further fuelled by their use of throwaway materials, wild lifestyles and an attitude that was at the same time rebellious and enterprising. The group dominated the British art scene in the 1990s and their group show ‘Sensation’ is now viewed as legendary. The art world was influenced by a number of trends throughout the decade, the divisive, hyper-realistic sculptures of Maurizio Cattelan and the sensitive, conceptual work of Felix Gonzalez-Torres epitomised the atmosphere of the era.