Wanxin Zhang

1961 · China

Artist biography

Wanxin Zhang is an established contemporary visual artist, who originates from China. Wanxin Zhang was born in 1961. Artists Yue Minjun, Hai Bo, Li Chen, Zhang Dali and Fang Lijun are of the same generation and same country as Wanxin Zhang.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Wanxin Zhang's work is available for viewing at Catharine Clark Gallery in San Francisco, the United States. Wanxin Zhang's work has most recently been exhibited at Catharine Clark Gallery in San Francisco (18 November 2017 until 20 January 2018) with the exhibition Fahrenheit.

Historical Context of China

For centuries, China has been one of 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. In the Maoist era, stretching for decades from the mid-century period, art and culture served the revolutionary communism of Chairman Mao, brimming with the heroic figures of social realism and various propagandist ideals.

Further Biographical Context for Wanxin Zhang

Wanxin Zhang was born in 1961 and was largely inspired creatively by the 1980s. The 1980s were a tumultuous 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 culture. The 1980s were an important 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 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.

Wanxin Zhang