Wei Xiaoguang

1986 · China

Artist biography

Wei Xiaoguang is a young contemporary artist, who originates from China, like other well-known artists such as Yang Yuanyuan, Liu Wei, Xingya Yang, Ai Weiwei, and Gu Wenda. Wei Xiaoguang was born in 1986.

Wei Xiaoguang's Gallery representation

Wei Xiaoguang's work is available for viewing at Fresh Window located in New York, the United States.

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 artistically lush 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 manufacture porcelain of the same technical qualities. Productions of art in the modern period were essentially reworking the more classical, pre-existing ideals of Calligraphic ink work, when not engaging in endorsing the figures of social realism, ideals of the State.

Further Biographical Context for Wei Xiaoguang

Born in 1986, Wei Xiaoguang's creative work was primarily influenced by the 1990s. Art in the 1990s was defined at the beginning of the decade by a group of artists in the United Kingdom that came to be known as the YBAs, or Young British Artists. They were a diverse collective of practitioners, affiliated loosely by their age, nationality, and their association with Goldsmiths and the Royal College of Art in London, as well as being favoured by super collector of the time Charles Saatchi. The most renowned artist of the group is Damien Hirst, who was also an early organiser of group activities. Other artists included Chris Ofili, Tracey Emin, Marc Quinn, Gavin Turk, Sarah Lucas and Sam Taylor-Wood. Much of their art became known for shock tactics and the sensationalism of both material and message. They also became famed for their use of throwaway materials, wild-living, and an attitude that was simultaneously counter-culture rebellion but also entrepreneurial. They achieved a large amount of media coverage and dominated British art during the 1990s. Their international shows in the mid-1990s included the now legendary ‘Sensation'. Conceptual photography led by German ideas and artists came to prominence. Artists like Andreas Gursky, Thomas Struth, and Wolfgang Tillmans gained major recognition, and inspired other artists such as the Canadian Jeff Wall, who experimented with the kind of cinematic expansiveness associated with the German artists’ work. Painters like Albert Oehlen and Martin Kippenberger exercised a strong influence on younger artists.

Wei Xiaoguang

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