Wang Xingwei

1969 · China

Artist biography

Wang Xingwei is an established, mid-career contemporary artist, who originates from China. Wang Xingwei was born in 1969. Born in the same country and around the same year are Yue Minjun, Hai Bo, Li Chen, Zhang Dali and Fang Lijun.

Wang Xingwei's Gallery representation

Wang Xingwei is represented and exhibited by Galerie Urs Meile | Lucerne located in Luzern, Switzerland.

Historical Context of China

China has always been a rather ungraspable figure in the eyes of the West, unique in its cultural and political institutions and quite restricted in essence, but nonetheless representative of an incredibly refined and creatively rich culture. China remains a pioneer in technology and technical innovation, in the respective domains of the arts and sciences, and an astonishing number of innovations have been forged 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 uncovered the fundamental elements of the recipe, thus enabling Europe to produce porcelain of the same technical qualities. Productions of art in the modern period were essentially reshaping the more classical, established standards of Calligraphic ink work, when not engaging in promoting the figures of social realism, ideals of the State.

Further Biographical Context for Wang Xingwei

Born in 1969, Wang Xingwei was largely influenced by the 1980s. The generation of artists that grew up in, and took inspiration from, the nineteen eighties was influenced by a period of rapidly growing global capitalism, political upheaval, notable 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 international 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 started to gain prominence, key artists of which include Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring and Kenny Scharf.

Wang Xingwei

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