Moderator: Ms Lulu Wang, award winning famous Chinese-Dutch author of “Lily Theater”
Chairman of the day: Mr. Bernard Bot, former Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands
WTC The Hague, Prinses Margrietplantsoen 25, 2595 AM Den Haag
Born in Handan City, Hebei Province, China, Fang Lijun graduated from the China Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing in 1989 and now works and lives in Beijing. He is a leading figure of the Cynical Realism. His "bald-head figures" have become a signature symbol. His works are indirect and aloof, ambiguous and cynical, embodying the boredom as well as naughty and humorous existence, which are prevalent in China in the late 1980s and the first half of 1990s.
Born in Sichuan Province, China in 1968, Feng Zhengjie graduated from Fine Arts Education Department of the Sichuan Fine Arts Institute in 1992, and obtained Master's Degree at Oil Painting Department of the Sichuan Fine Arts Institute in 1995. He now lives in Beijing. He is one of the leading figures in Gaudy Art (yansu yishu). In his works, he creates a very individualized style by focusing on the identity issue of the next generation in the traditional society.
Born in Hohhot City, Inner Mongolia in 1962, Qi Zhilong graduated from the Print-making Department of the China Central Academy of Fine Arts in 1987. Consumption Image, a series of colorful and splendid paintings, is a group of political pop art paintings with profound implication. Each painting features a gorgeous female model. The crisp composition and combination of bright colors give the picture a strong sense of decoration and fashion.
Born in Hebei in 1963, Wu Mingzhong is an associate professor at Fine Arts Department of the Capital Normal University. The artist’s glass figures are the product of a globalized and information era, both contemporary and international. The glass figures are both a quest for and doubts about humanity. What his art reveals is not only the fragility of human life, but also the relationship between people and fragility of natural environment, thus triggering our ultimate thinking about life and existence and so forth.
Born in 1953, Wang Chuan graduated from Chinese Brush Painting Department of the Sichuan Fine Arts Institute. As one of important artists in the Chinese contemporary art field, his art trajectory has embodied the aesthetic pursuit of the younger generation of artists at his time. Over the past three decades, the artist experienced the movement from abstract expressionism and minimalism, won his reputation by realism and gained prominence by ink point concept, and wandered between ink wash abstractionism and oil paint. Wang Chuan’s abstract works, featuring passionate lines, showcase the artist’s romance, in which recklessness and depression grow and decline, contribute to and complement each other. Wang Chuan is always in the relentless torrent of thinking. The non-stop critical thinking and ultimate pursuit of metaphysics imbue his art with a sense of solidity and strength.
Born in Guangdong in 1971, Zeng Jianyong graduated from Arts Department of Huaqiao University in Fujian Province, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Chinese brush painting in 1994. He finished his prints-making training class at the China Central Academy of Fine Arts in 1995 and now lives and works in Beijing. Zeng Jianyong is a leading figure in Chinese contemporary new ink wash. Starting off his career with children portraits, he is separated from traditional motifs of ink wash and develops his own unique style of new ink wash paintings.
Born in Chongqing in 1981, Yang Xun graduated from Oil Painting Department of the Sichuan Fine Arts Institute in 2005 and now lives in Beijing. Yang Xun’s works focus on re-examining old photos and the exposure point in the picture offers a new way of appreciation. He attempts to express his reflections on the looking experience of Chinese people. Instead of simply borrowing Chinese elements, he utilized traditional patterns to depict scenes in the dim “memory”, thus expressing his unique understanding of state of mind in the present day.
Born in Xi’an City, Shaanxi Province in 1962, Shi Jianmin graduated from the Central Academy of Arts & Design in 1986 and now lives in Beijing. During his travels, Shi Jianmin found the elegant and solid Taihu Rock in the gardens, inspired by which he created a series of representative works themed on “table and chairs”. In these artworks, Shi Jianmin downplays the original concept of tables and chairs and expands their feature as “artworks”. Abstract and elegant forms resembling Taihu rocks in gardens of Southern China, graceful and firm stainless steel and exquisite details all constitute his own artistic style. His works contain traditional aesthetic values as well as reflections on the current life.
Hong Hao, born in Beijing in 1965, graduated from the Print-making Department of the Central Academy of Fine Arts in 1989. As an artist, he came to realize the deepening and extension of individual thinking through development of his works. He upholds that changes cannot change the form and quality of lives, but cultivates a sense of dedication that helps him find the beauty of details in this process. He is a witty wise man in ruthless analyze of the society, history and arts, a calm observer of the consumption desires and authority consciousness in modern society, a lurker who adds up, transform, and sort historical and cultural symbols to reflect upon these problems and send warnings, and a developer of new visual norms.
Shen Hao, born in Inner Mongolia in 1981, got admitted to the Print-making Department at the Central Academy of Fine Arts in 2001. It is there that he got exposed to experimental print-making experiences and various kinds of materials, opening his eyes to a new level of artistic visions. He received professional training there, but deep down, he is still a young man true to himself. In addition to this complete and standard training experience, he is very creative in applying tools other than paintbrushes in his “real” works. Drawknife, a supporting tool at most in traditional painting practice, is given a new role by Shen Hao. According to him, “I use drawknives as brushes, trying my best to not only imitate the fineness in details, but also keep the crudeness and roughness”. He does not just “imitate”, but sets to achieve a certain kind of “reform”, realizing limitlessness without brushes. To “paint the objects” is a timeless theme of his works. It all started with a belief of his that “the unprotected truth lies in the most trivial things”. Anything ordinary in real life, even the ruins of buildings, is considered a proper subject in his works. After original artistic reproduction and dedicated work, his works either tell stories of the past, or depicts a current social problem.
Born in 1963, Li Yongbin works and lives in Beijing. His works is dedicated to displaying a flashing moment as well as peoples’ different ways for experiencing the evolvement of incidents and different results. Through the co-existence of ambiguous and clear visual language, he is examining the inner world of today’s people.
Luo Weidong, born in the Guangxi Autonomous Region of China in 1963, graduated from the Guangxi Arts University. Luo Weiguo, born in 1964, graduated from the Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts. Luo Weibing, born in 1972, graduated from the Central Academy of Arts & Design. The Luo Brothers have lived and worked in Beijing, and cooperated in art creations since 1996. They combine the old and new traditional Chinese techniques with pop art imagery in their art.
Born in Hainan Island in 1961, Wong Fen graduated from Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts and then from the China Central Academy of Fine Arts. He now lives in Hainan. His photography is a kind of performance photography, whose pictures are featured with a narrative allegory. He utilizes photography to wisely and ingeniously express his attitudes towards and position on today’s social phenomenon.
Born in Anhui in 1965, Xue Song graduated from Stage Art Department of the Shanghai Theatre Academy in 1988 and now lives in Shanghai. Since the late 1980s, he has taken apart ash and fragments of prints and reassembled them by means of burning and baking. By using classical icons of art and current fashionable symbols, Xue Song presents a brand new visual image for us.
Born in Wuxi, Jiangsu in 1964, Miao Xiaochun graduated from the Art University Kassel in 1999 and now works as a professor at the China Central Academy of Fine Arts. He now works and lives in Beijing. By using computing processes, Miao Xiaochun’s “art cells” grow and proliferate in his visual world, which eventually are divided into a variety of artistic images. When these images are shown on the canvas, it philosophically signifies an era of human-machine cooperation.
Born in Shaoyang City, Hunan Province in 1957, Li Luming graduated from the Graduate School of Chinese National Academy of Arts. His art attempts to find, between the tradition and nobility, the irony of historical concepts. He elevates the directness of popular motifs in Gaudy Art to allegory and, in the meantime, retains their relevance to Gaudy Art in artistic forms.
Yang Liming, born in Sichuan Province in 1975, graduated from the Art School of the Sichuan Normal University in 1999. He now lives in Beijing. He leaves out the blanks in Chinese traditional paintings in his all-black style that concentrates the beauty by using dark colors. Black, in his perception, is real, substantial, and down-to-earth, an ideal color to serve as a vehicle of deep-seated feelings that he finds hard to put words to. Different from impressionists who are deeply influenced by the Western concepts, he is keen on the Chinese traditional culture. His works embodies the harmonious spirit of Chinese traditional culture as well as the elegance and beauty of creating realms.
Zong Ning, born in Inner Mongolia in 1984, graduated from the Photography Department of the Central Academy of Fine Arts in 2007. He now lives in Beijing. Zong Ning’s photos are more like someone’s personal narration of who he is, what he does, and how is he doing and his responses, a mixture of personal memoir, monologue, and thinking. In this narrative structure, his works are reflection of the state of life.
Born in Chongqing, China in 1968, Zhong Biao graduated from the Oil Painting Department of the Zhejiang Academy of Fine Arts (now the China Academy of Art) in 1991 and, also in this year, he joined the faculty of the Oil Painting Department of the Sichuan Fine Arts Institute. The artist now works and lives in Beijing and Chongqing. He focuses on the clash between people’s inner world and the outside world. Beginning with “figures” and “characters”, Zhong Biao creates and depicts the external form that carries life and society. The figure in his art often switches between constancy of humanity and his/her social psychological character, thus showing a unique, prominent feature of exceptional abruptness and grotesqueness.
Born in Huangshi, Hubei in 1969, Ma Liuming has worked and lived in Beijing since 1993. Ma Liuming created Fen-Ma Liuming, a hybrid figure of male and female components. He sat, wearing long hair and woman’s make-up, completely nude, took some sleeping pills and then slept while sitting in the chair, waiting for the audiences to come on stage and take photo with Fen-Ma Liuming. This figure quickly became his symbol and signature and was welcomed by a number of international exhibitions to show photos or do a performance. His paintings are about reminiscence of Fen-Ma Liuming in his performance art.
Born in Shanxi Province in 1968, Wen Qiu graduated from the China Central Academy of Fine Arts in 1992. She examines today’s society from a unique perspective and re-interprets children in the women’s eyes from her unique angle. By abandoning softness of the motherhood and by exaggerating and enlarging faces of infants, Wen Qiu paints the solid society by her tender brushwork.
Born in Kuandian County, Liaoning Province in 1972, Wang Ningde graduated from Photography Department of the Lu Xun Academy of Fine Arts in 1995 and now lives in Beijing. He is one of the most important and most critical-thinking artists in contemporary photography field in today’s China. He firmly believes that photography is a tool for self-expression and is dedicated to non-documentary concept photography.
Born in Xiamen City, Fujian Province in 1963, Jin Defeng now lives in Beijing. He excels in oil paintings. This painting featuring colorful, folk-art bright colors, behind its clamor and humor, expresses the artist’s understanding of today’s society.
Born in Jilin, China in 1966, Huang Yan graduated from the Changchun Normal University, China in 1987, and now lives in Beijing. Since 1994, he has started to document his own concept and behaviors by creating oil paintings and photography. His creations are diversified by incorporating traditional painting elements into his photography or by putting contemporary elements into paintings.
Born in Chongqing in 1958, Luan Xiaojie graduated from the Yunnan Arts University in 1982. By creating lonely, unsociable boys who indulge themselves in playing games alone and by his dreamwalk-style creations, he depicts the lack of interaction and increasing isolation between individuals in the fast-changing, fast-pace life in the current society.
Born in 1966, Zhu Wei learned art since his childhood. He joined the People's Liberation Army in 1982 and graduated from the People's Liberation Army Academy of Art in 1989. He retired from military service and was admitted to the Beijing Film Academy in 1992 and graduated in 1993. Zhu Wei now lives in Beijing. He uses a relaxed humor in his painting to express his concern for the major events and interprets the status quo of Chinese society.
Born in Hangzhou in 1957, Zhao Ling graduated from the Hangzhou Education Institute in 1983. He is appealed to the self-awareness of the society. He depicts a changing, complex, mysterious today’s society which contains many “twists and turns”, by painting a seemingly tumultuous and reckless silk in his art.
Born in Xinjiang in 1963, Zhang Yongxu graduated from Studio 4 of Oil Painting Department of the China Central Academy of Fine Arts in 1989. He was trained in photography at LaGuardia Community College in NYC from 1992 to 1994. He now works and lives in Beijing. His creations are inspired by Xinjiang, showing a sharp State Consciousness.
Born in Dazhu County, Sichuan Province in 1985, Tang Mingwei graduated from the Sichuan Fine Arts Institute in 2008 and now lives and works in Chongqing. He is enchanted by “reasoning”, which may be interpreted as sense, mathematics and philosophy and so forth. He believes that a visual order could be obtained by the metaphysical “reasoning”.
Born in Hubei, China in 1991, Wang Zhiyi graduated from Mural Painting Department in the Hubei Institute of Fine Arts in 2014 and now lives and works in Wuhan. Wang Zhiyi’s art features typical geometric abstraction, coupled with spatial illusion, showing a style of Optical Art and new Geometry Painting. More than that, the artist creates his own varied versions of different styles and even expands the idea into the whole space.
Born in Taizhou, Zhejiang in 1971, Zhou Yangming graduated from Oil Painting Department of the China Central Academy of Fine Arts in 1996, and now lives and works in Beijing. He successfully gives a sense of ethical transparency to his abstract art. These changes come from the need to combine his labor with meticulous work. Repetition comes from cognition of each piece of work and its relative identity, and, broadly speaking, from cognition of art itself.
Born in Tangshan City in 1957, Chang Xugong graduated from the Tangshan Normal University with a degree in arts in 1980. He was a resident artist in Yuanmingyuan Art Village in 1994 and now works and lives in Beijing. He creates a series of works by using materials of folk embroidery and multiple embroidery techniques. In his art, inspired by farmer moneybags, a combination of bright colors, disharmonious garments and composition of year-calendar style contribute to a very strong Gaudy Art style language, with the co-existence of irony and realism, all perfectly unveiling the imagery that most represents the era.
Born in Kunming in 1963, Li Ji graduated from Print-making Department of the Sichuan Fine Arts Institute in 1987 and finished his studies at Print-making Department of the China Central Academy of Fine Arts in 1990. He now works at Fine Arts Department of the Yunnan Arts University. His motifs are both contemporary (fashion and ladies) and primitive (wild animals), which are contrasted and juxtaposed together in his art by means of photography-style New Realism. His works are focused on objects that have not changed or evolved dramatically from the perspective of civilization, which are juxtaposed with certain traits of the fast-growing human society, thus forming a sharp comparison.
Born in Changchun City, Jilin in 1975, Da Xiang graduated from the Sculpture Department of the China Academy of Art in 2006. His art is about reflection on history and on civilization. For instance, he puts a Sun Yat Sen-style uniform into a huge shrine, a traditional way that Chinese people show respect to ancestors. Da Xiang uses this way to remind us to treat our legacy fare and square, including those that once motivated us and those that still chain us till today.
Hu Xiangqian, born in Leizhou, Guangdong Province in 1983, graduated from the Fifth Studio of the Oil Painting Department at the Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts in 2007. He is an active young artist and now lives in Beijing. Most of his works are behavioral or photographic. He is inspired by acute observation and independent thinking on life and reality. He is particularly good at using contrasts in his works, magnifying trifles in the backdrop of the big society, thus to discuss what’s beneath the surface in a humorous style.
Zuoxiao Zuzhou was born in Jianhu, Jiangsu in 1970. Since his band was founded in 1993, over 20 albums and film disks has been released, making him the most prolific rock music artist. He is an influential and intellectual rock star who is also an outstanding contemporary artist, a poet, novelist and movie soundtrack composer.
Yang Tao was born in Ningxia in 1968. He grew up in Shandong Province. In the year of 1988, he graduated from the Shandong Light Industry Arts School. He adopted the stage photos of the “White Haired Lady”, a modern ballet from the Cultural Revolution age, and developed his series of oil painting works, The Prototype Movement, by putting the images in modern sports games. His works, in overwhelmingly cool colors rather than the “red and bright” style popular at that particular age, are faithful and authentic depictions of the history.
Chen Changwei, born in Luoping of Yunnan Province in 1973, graduated from the Sculpture Department of the Yunnan Arts University in 2000. His sculptures, with a sense of humor and stylish features, utilize resources recognized by the traditional culture, and succeed in connecting traditional values and modern life.
Li Rui, born in 1983, graduated from the School of Art and Design of the Yunnan University. He is a young artist from Southwestern China. He now lives in the city of Kunming of Yunnan Province. Most of his works feature landscapes with a strong local ethnic influence, which is also an artistic representation of his childhood memories. A contrast of his memory from childhood against modern city life imposes an individual need on him to let go of the pressure of living in a city and transform his longings onto his paintings.
Wu Yongping, born in Longquan of Zhejiang Province, graduated from the Central Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA). He now lives in Beijing and is a master’s supervisor at CAFA. Being a artist in material, he sets to express his artistic pursuits via materials. Researching on materials is one of his most important pursuits now.
Peng Bo was born in Hechuan, Chongqing, in 1982. He graduated from the Sichuan Fine Arts Institute in 2006. In his works, he deliberately adopts simple techniques and focuses on expression of personal awareness. He sets to break our conventional ways of thinking by heterogeneous representations of daily objects in a cellular-like language. By repetition and magnification of his personal life experience straight away, he challenges the established representation system, brings it down and reconstructs it. It is his unique way to observe the world, and an artistic way of expression that he most excels in.
Ju Ting, born in Weifang of Shandong Province in 1983, received her bachelor’s degree from the Print-making Department of the Central Academy of Fine Arts in 2007, and master’s degree from the same department in 2013. She now lives in Beijing. She carves on multiple thick layers of colors, giving her works a combined visual effect of both carvings and paintings. A three-dimensional space is therefore created on a two-dimensional surface. Her works do not lack the passion of paintings, but reveal the textures and spatial effects. While conveying a strong sense of craftsmanship, these works have primitive beauty of carvings upon a closer scrutiny, and yet make great impressionist paintings from a distance.
Xu Maomao, born in Urumchi, Xinjiang in 1979, graduated from the Xi’an Academy of Fine Arts in 2002. She now lives in Beijing. In her paintings, zebras, strawberries, moths, livers, frogs, Buddism goddess Guanyin, seemingly bizarre but simple images are frequently seen as in a colorful wonderland in fairy-tales. She wants to paint beautiful things, but sometimes cannot find a way out of the pressure of living in modern world, leaving her works a subtle sense of sorrow under the disguise of cartoon images.
Born in Xi'an, Shaanxi in 1977, Xu Xiaoguo graduated from Oil Painting Department of the Xi’an Academy of Fine Arts in 2000, and now works and lives in Beijing. His art, covering paintings, pictures, photography and so forth, reflects on the transformation of "standard" by mixing the humanities and philosophy.
Born in Dangyang, Hubei in 1964, Zhu Bing now works and lives in Beijing. By using the technique of "empathy", she ingeniously integrates certain subtle traits of flowers with unique features of females, showcasing the acute observation and sensibility of the artist as well as females' unique experience of nature, which leaves ample room for audiences to imagine.
Vice Chairwoman of China Council for the Promotion of International Trade, Beijing Sub-council, Secretary General and Vice Chairwomen of Beijing Chamber of International Commerce. The previous leadership positions Ms. Lin Bin held include Secretary General of Beijing People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries.
Associate Counsel of State-owned Cultural Assets Supervision and Administration Office of the People's Government of Beijing Municipality (SOCASAO).
The previous leadership positions Mr. Yang Yongan held include Director-General of Beijing Daily; chief editor of BEIJING Morning post; member of Standing Committee of Shi Jingshan District .Chairman of propaganda department of Shi Jingshan District; Chairman of China Film Museum ; Associate Counsel of State-owned Cultural Assets Supervision and Administration Office of the People's Government of Beijing Municipality (SOCASAO) from May. 2015.
Mr. Zhang, as the executive deputy director of the Administrative Committee of Beijing 798 Art Zone as well as the vice chairman of Artist Association of Beijing Chaoyang District, is in charge of overall operations of 798 Art Zone. He is specialized in the management of contemporary art districts and has made outstanding contributions in promoting the development of the 798 Art Zone. Immersed in China’s art circles for more than 30 years, Mr.Zhang has a deep understanding in Chinese traditional and contemporary art, especially in Chinese contemporary art. His paintings are also well recognized by the well-known artists and art critics.
Director of Chaoyang District Broadcasting & Television New of Beijing. Responsible for the overall planning and building of Chaoyang District Broadcasting & Television New of Beijing propaganda image, familiar with TV, newspaper, network and new media operation. It has a wealth of theoretical and practical experience in the selection of news, cultural activities, the integration of traditional media and new media, as well as film shooting.
Vice Director of Department of County Branches&Membership Affairs，China Council for the Promotion of International Trade, Beijing Sub-council