Zhao Nengzhi

1968 · China

Artist biography

Zhao Nengzhi is an established mid-career artist, who originates from China. Zhao Nengzhi was born in 1968. Some of the artist's contemporarie that are from the same generation and country include Rong Rong, Feng Zhengjie, Chen Wenbo and Ma Liuming.

Zhao Nengzhi's Gallery representation

Zhao Nengzhi's work is on display at L.A. Galerie Lothar Albrecht in Frankfurt, Germany.

Historical Context of China

China has always been a rather enigmatic figure in the eyes of the West, unique in its cultural and political structures and quite restricted in nature, but nonetheless representative of an incredibly refined and artistically rich culture. China remains a pioneer in technology and technical innovation, in the respective domains of the arts and sciences, and an dazing number of innovations have been forged by Chinese artisans. This includes true porcelain, with kaolin as the key ingredient, which appeared 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 major Chinese artists, whose work can be considered modernist in a an international and western framework of artistic movements, include Sanyu and Zao Wou-Ki.

Further Biographical Context for Zhao Nengzhi

Zhao Nengzhi was born in 1968, grew up during the 1980s and was inspired by the artistic culture of the time. The generation of artists that grew up in, and took inspiration from, the 1980s was influenced by a period of rapidly growing global capitalism, political upheaval, significant wealth discrepancy, 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 began to gain recognition, notable artists of which include Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring and Kenny Scharf.

Zhao Nengzhi

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