Fang Lijun (b. 1963)

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Fang Lijun

Date and place of birth: 1963, Handai, Hebei Province
1990 BA Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing

Typically perceived as one of the instigators of the Cynical Realism movement, Fang Lijun is known for his oil paintings of bald men such as Untitled (1992), featuring four nondescript figures. Ambiguous in nature, Fangs works have often been viewed as expressing a feeling of disillusionment associated with the years directly after 1989. Fang
currently lives and works out of Beijing and exhibits both nationally and internationally, working primarily in oil painting or woodblock prints. Fang has participated in group exhibitions such as Mao goes Pop (1993), in Sydney, Australia, Inside-Out: New Chinese Art (1998), in New York, USA and 2003’s Alors la Chine in Paris, France. Moreover, Fang has held solo exhibitions in several countries, including Germany, Singapore, Amsterdam, USA, Japan and France. He has also participated twice at the Venice Biennale and at both the Sao Paulo and Kwangju Biennales.

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Fang Lijun, Series 2: No. 2, 1992. Oil on canvas, 200 x 200cm

Source: Courtesy of Fang Lijun