Mai Hongjun

1969

Artist biography

Mai Hongjun is an established mid-career artist. Mai Hongjun was born in 1969. Artists born in the same year and of the same generation are Federica Bartoli, Geng Bo, Andrei Lajunen, Danilo Alessandro Brutti, and Ivo Lucas.

Further Biographical Context for Mai Hongjun

Mai Hongjun was born in 1969 and was largely influenced creatively by the 1980s growing up. The 1980s were a tumultuous time culturally, and were marked by growing global capitalism, global 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 culture. The 1980s were a key decade in terms of politics, 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 leading artists of the era, alongside Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring and Kenny Scharf, who established the street art and graffiti movements.

Mai Hongjun

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