1970 · China
Yang Mian is seen as an established mid-career contemporary artist, who was born in China. Yang Mian was born in 1970. Also born in China around 1970 and of the same generation are Wang Ningde, Su-En Wong and Li Songsong.
Historical Context of China
China has always been a rather ungraspable figure in the eyes of the West, distinctive in its cultural and political structures and quite restricted in essence, but nonetheless representative of an incredibly sophisticated and creatively rich 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 established 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 discovered the fundamental elements of the recipe, thus enabling Europe to manufacture porcelain of the same technical qualities. Some outstanding Chinese artists, whose work can be considered modernist in a an international and western context of artistic movements, include Sanyu and Zao Wou-Ki.
Further Biographical Context for Yang Mian
Yang Mian was born in 1970 and was predominantly influenced by the 1980s. The 1980s were an era of growing global capitalism, political upheaval, global mass media, wealth discrepancies and distinctive music and fashion, characterised by hip hop and electronic pop music. This had a heavy 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 distinguished by the African Famine. During this time prominent art movements included Neo Geo, The Pictures Generation and Neo-Expressionism, which took a particular hold in Germany, France and Italy. Artists such as Anselm Kiefer, Jörg Immendorf, Enzo Cucchi, Francesco Clemente and Julian Schnabel were leading artists working during this period, alongside Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring and Kenny Scharf, who developed the street art and graffiti movements, which quickly gained recognition.