Fang Lijun 方力钧 (b.1963)

Fang Lijun is a contemporary Chinese painter and printmaker best known for his politically driven paintings which reflect on the history of 20th-century China. The artist is recognized for his contribution to the China’s Cynical Realist movement. His work tackles the issues of human rights, morality, and political oppression through colorful, surrealistic imagery. Many of his paintings feature a shaven head motif, representative of the apathetic followers of the communist government. In his painting 30th Mary, he depicts bald figures wearing colorful school uniforms floating through a tunnel of clouds, in a composition that evokes European religious paintings. 
Born in 1963 in Handan, China, he received his formal training at the Fine Art Academy of Beijing where he studied printmaking. The artist has exhibited his work at the China Art Museum in Beijing, the Today Art Museum in Beijing, and the Staatliche Museen in Berlin, among others. Fang lives and works in Beijing, China.
方力钧,1989年毕业于中央美术学院版画系。他是中国后89新艺术潮流最重要的代表,他是中国当代艺术家中最早成名的一个。外界普遍认为,他是中国内地艺术市场上自我运作最成熟的当代艺术家。方力钧作为中国后89新艺术潮流最重要的代表,与这个潮流的其它艺术家共同创造出一种独特的话语方式——玩世写实主义,其中尤以方力钧自1988年以来一系列作品所创造的“光头泼皮”的形象,成为一种经典的语符,标志了80年代末和90年代上半期中国普遍存在的无聊情绪和泼皮幽默的生存感觉。
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