FANG Lijun
(b. 1963, China)
FANG Lijun is a representative leader of the Chinese “Cynical -Realism” movement of the 1990s. This movement discusses individualistic perspectives on society, where idealism for the future has collapsed. Fang has been an important figure in contemporary Chinese art history, with his work displaying themes such as political oppression, human rights and morality.

The majority of Fang’s works are surrealist paintings and prints that express notions of freedom, tradition vs. modernism, and the possibility of change. Stylistically, many of his pieces reference European religious masterpieces, placing youthful figures in a sea of clouds, waves or nature. Additionally, Fang’s repetitive motif of the bald man is representative of the apathetic followers of the Chinese Communist government. Through his artistic language, Fang is able to capture personal feelings of loneliness, anonymity and cynicism, while meanwhile displaying a mockery of contemporary Chinese society.

Fang Lijun was born in China in 1963. From 1980 until 1983, Fang studied Ceramic Art at the Hebei Light Industry College. He received his training in Printmaking from the Fine Art Academy of Beijing from 1985 to 1989. His work has been featured in national and international exhibitions since 1995, including galleries and museums such as MoMA (New York), Taipei Fine Art Museum (Taipei, Taiwan), Kunstmuseum Bern (Bern, Switzerland), Stedelijk Museum (Amsterdam), Kunsthalle Hamburg (Hamburg, Germany), and Art Forum Berlin 2005 (Berlin). Fang currently lives and works in Beijing.

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