1965 · China
Xiao Yu is seen as an established mid-career contemporary artist, who originates from China. Xiao Yu was born in 1965. Born in the same country and around the same year are Cui Xiuwen, He Yun Chang, Wei Dong and He Sen.
Xiao Yu's Gallery representation
Xiao Yu's work is available for viewing at PACE | New York in 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 rich culture. China remains a pioneer in technology and technical innovation, in the respective fields of the arts and sciences, and an dazing number of innovations have been established by Chinese artisans. This includes true porcelain, with kaolin as the key ingredient, which was developed in the early 1300s. It is not until 1722 that the Meissen factory in Germany discovered the fundamental elements of the recipe, thus enabling Europe to produce porcelain of the same technical qualities. Throughout the modern and contemporary era, repressed from the influence of the West. Until the onset of the twentieth century, the Imperial power of China, abundant of centuries old traditions, was thriving, but civil war shattered the country as the forces of Chiang Kai Shek and Mao Zedong fought for the control of this great country, its people and resources.
Further Biographical Context for Xiao Yu
Xiao Yu was born in 1965 and was primarily inspired creatively by the 1980s. The generation of artists that grew up in, and took inspiration from, the 1980s was influenced by a period of fast growing global capitalism, political upheaval, significant wealth differences, 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. Important 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 recognition, key artists of which include Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring and Kenny Scharf.
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