Ren Xiaolin

1963 · China

Artist biography

Ren Xiaolin is seen as an established contemporary artist, who was born and brought up in China. Ren Xiaolin was born in 1963. Born in the same country and of the same generation are Liu Xiaodong, Zhang Huan, Guo Wei, Lin Tianmiao and Qin Feng.

Ren Xiaolin's Gallery representation

Ren Xiaolin is represented and exhibited by L.A. Galerie Lothar Albrecht in Frankfurt, Germany.

Historical Context of China

For centuries, China has been among the most sophisticated and artistic cultures. Unique in its political and cultural systems, and rather hermetic in nature, it has always been somewhat of an enigma to the west. Modern art production, when not focused on championing the ideals of the State, instead reworked many of the classical ideals of Calligraphic ink works made with the brush.

Further Biographical Context for Ren Xiaolin

Ren Xiaolin was born in 1963 and was primarily influenced creatively by the 1980s. The 1980s were a turbulent period 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 atmosphere. 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 leading art movements during the decade, alongside Neo-Expressionism which became well-known 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 primary artists of the era, alongside Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring and Kenny Scharf, who established the street art and graffiti movements.

Ren Xiaolin

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