Luo Brothers
(founded 1996, China)
The Luo Brothers is a Chinese art collective that consists of Luo Weidong (b. 1963), Luo Weiguo (b. 1964), and Luo Weibing (b. 1972). The brothers create images and sculptures that serve as a barometer of the socio-economic and cultural change in China, rather than a critique of the country’s political history.

The visibility of art by Robert Rauschenberg and Jeff Koons during the late 1980s in China can be seen as a powerful influence on the Luo Brothers’ development of yansu, or “gaudy” art. The Luo Brothers are a part of China’s Political Pop movement that depicts contemporary branding and pop culture imagery. This iconography is colorfully combined into a composition alongside Chinese folk elements such as fish, fruit, and babies. Mediums take place in various forms such as fiberglass sculpture, screenprints, and lacquer paint. Overall their work aims to be ambiguous: it can be interpreted as a celebration of China’s current culture or a commentary of concern.

The Luo Brothers were born in China during the cultural revolution period. The brothers began working together in 1996 while living in Beijing. Luo Weidong and Luo Weiguo graduated from Guanxi Art College and Guanzhou Academy of Fine Arts, respectively, in 1987. Luo Weibing graduated from the College of Art and Design in Beijing in 1997. They have been holding exhibitions with one another since 1996 at galleries and museums such as the San Francisco Modern Art Museum, Fukuoka Art Museum, Lincoln Center (New York), Museum of Modern Art (Queens, New York), and the Berkeley Art Museum (Berkeley, California). Their works are in the collections of the Denver Art Museum, the Fukuoaka Art Museum in Japan, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, among others. The brothers live and work in Beijing.

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