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Fang Lijun
Fang Lijun was born in 1963, in China’s Hebei Province. Developing a passion for oil painting despite having enrolled in printmaking, he graduated from the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing in 1990. Considered as one of the most important figures in contemporary Chinese art, Fang Lijun played a major role in heading the ‘Cynical Realism’ cultural movement in the early 1990’s. Fang Lijun’s work has been displayed across the globe. His previous exhibitions include his first solo exhibition Human Images in an Uncertain Age, Japan Foundation Asia Center, Tokyo (1996); Fang Lijun, Stedelijk Museum of Modern Art, Amsterdam (1998); Chinese Painting: Zhang Xiaogang, Fang Lijun and Feng Mengbo, The Galerie Rudolfinum, Prague (2008); The Reality: Chinese Contemporary Art, National Art Museum of China - NAMOC, Beijing (2008); Fang Lijun: Thread of Time, Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou (2009); Fang Lijun, Sea and Sky, Kunsthalle Bielefeld, Bielefeld, Germany (2009); Living Like a Wild Dog 1993-2008 Fang Lijun’s Archive, Taipei Fine Art Museum, Taipei (2009). The artist’s most recent exhibition of his work over the years titled Fang Lijun: Living Multitudes was launched at Times Square, Hong Kong (2012) to unite his undeniable talent with the public eye.

Fang Lijun’s artistic roots are derived from his growth in a unique socio-political environment of socialist China. The concept of freedom in a restricting environment flows through much of his work. Through a blend of different media, he taps into a fundamental problem found in societies, like the one he was born into. Although skilled in creating many forms of art, Fang Lijun is known for his oil paintings, using the boldness of illustrative style, and a repetitive featuring of bald figures, to evoke feelings of tension beneath the seemingly humorous surface