Cai, Guo-Qiang, (b.1957), artist

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1957 (was birth date of)


Chinese (nationality)


Cai Guoqiang is a Chinese artist who was born in 1957 and currently lives and works in New York City and New Jersey. Intrigued by the modernity of Western art forms such as oil painting, he studied stage design at the Shanghai Theatre Academy from 1981-1985. His practice draws on a variety of symbols, narratives, traditions and materials. These include fengshui, Chinese medicine, shanshui paintings, flora and fauna, portraiture and fireworks. He lived in Japan during 1986-1995 and began exploring the properties of gunpowder in his drawings. Much of his work draws on Maoist/Socialist concepts for content, especially in this type of drawing, which strongly reflect Mao Zedong’s tenant ‘’destroy nothing, create nothing’’.
He was selected as a finalist for the 1996 Hugo Boss Prize and won the 48th Venice Biennial International Golden Lion Prize and 2001 CalArts/Alpert Award in the Arts. In 2008, he was subject to a large-scale mid-career retrospective, I Want to Believe, at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, which eventually travelled to the National Art Museum of China in Beijing and Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao. He also gained widespread attention as the Director of Visual and Special Effects for the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. In October 2012, he was awarded the Praemium Imperiale in Tokyo as the first Chinese national Laureate.

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