Xiao-Yang Li

1985 · China

Artist biography

Xiao-Yang Li is a mid-career contemporary visual artist, who originates from China, like other renowned artists such as Lin Jingjing, Jo-Ey Tang, Wang Jianuo, Wang Guangle, and Shen Han. Xiao-Yang Li was born in 1985.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Xiao-Yang Li's work is available for viewing at Narrative Projects in London, the United Kingdom. Xiao-Yang Li most recent exhibition recorded on Artland was at Narrative Projects in London (23 September 2019 until 01 November 2019) with the exhibition Cultivated Chaos.

Historical Context of China

For centuries, China has been among the most sophisticated and creative 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 concentrating on celebrating the ideals of the State, instead reworked many of the classical ideals of Calligraphic ink works made with the brush.

Further Biographical Context for Xiao-Yang Li

Born in 1985, Xiao-Yang Li's creative work was largely influenced by the 1990s. A group of artists working in the United Kingdom, who came to be known as the YBAs, or Young British Artists, defined the artistic culture of the 1990s. Affiliated loosely by their age and nationality, they were a varied group of practitioners. Many of the YBAs attended the Royal College of Art and Goldsmiths in London, and were favoured by the ‘super collector’ of the time, Charles Saatchi. The most renowned member of the group is Damien Hirst, and other members included Chris Ofili, Tracey Emin, Marc Quinn, Gavin Turk, Sarah Lucas and Sam Taylor-Johnson (née Sam Taylor-Wood). The YBAs became known for their use of shock tactics and sensationalism, alongside their use of throwaway materials, wild lifestyles and an outlook that was defiant yet entrepreneurial. Due to the high amount of media coverage that they garnered, they dominated British art during the 1990s, and their work was epitomised in the group show ‘Sensation’. The art world was influenced by many trends throughout the decade, and was characterised by the derisive sculpture of Maurizio Cattelan, and sensitive, conceptual advancements as shown in the work of artists such as Felix Gonzalez-Torres.

Xiao-Yang Li

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