Xie Xiaoze

1966 · China

Artist biography

Xie Xiaoze is a mid-career contemporary visual artist, who originates from China. Xie Xiaoze was born in 1966. Born in the same country and around the same year are Cui Xiuwen, He Yun Chang, Wei Dong and He Sen.

Xie Xiaoze's Gallery representation

Xie Xiaoze is represented by Chambers Fine Art | New York in the United States.

Historical Context of China

A pioneer in technology and technical innovation in both the arts and sciences, China and its artisans have pioneered many ground-breaking innovations. For instance, true porcelain, with kaolin as the key ingredient, was developed in China in the early 1300s. It would not be developed in Europe with the same technical quality and physical properties until 1722, when the Meissen factory in Germany also unlocked the secrets of the recipe. In the modern period, China has remained largely behind its own closed doors. An Imperial power with centuries old traditions until the beginning of the twentieth century, China was subsequently wracked by civil war as Chiang Kai Shek battled the forces of Mao Zedong for the control of this immense country, its people and resources.

Further Biographical Context for Xie Xiaoze

Xie Xiaoze was born in 1966 and was largely inspired creatively by the 1980s growing up. The 1980s were an era of growing global capitalism, political upheaval, global mass media, wealth discrepancies and unique music and fashion, characterised by hip hop and electronic pop music. This had a strong impact on the generation of artists growing up during this era. The fall of the Berlin Wall at the end of the decade marked the end of the Cold War, yet the era was also marked by the African Famine. During this time prominent art movements included Neo Geo, The Pictures Generation and Neo-Expressionism, which took a strong hold in Germany, France and Italy. Artists such as Anselm Kiefer, Jörg Immendorf, Enzo Cucchi, Francesco Clemente and Julian Schnabel were leading artists working at this time, alongside Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring and Kenny Scharf, who developed the street art and graffiti movements, which quickly gained an influential reputation.

Xie Xiaoze

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