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Zenaken  

French, 20th – 21st century, male.

Born 1954.

Painter (mixed media).

Zenaken has a delicate use of the brush. His style is airy and gestural; traces, brush-strokes and paint spray are all used. The spaces in the pictures reveal a ground that is generally white.

Paris...

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French, 20th – 21st century, male.

Born 1952.

Painter (mixed media).

Paris, 8 Oct 1989: Bicent (oil on canvas, 51¼ × 63¾ ins/130 × 162 cm) FRF 30,000

Paris, 18 Feb 1990: Actane (1989, oil and sized paper/canvas, 51¼ × 38¼ ins/130 × 97 cm) ...

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Chinese, 20th – 21st century, male.

Active in Beijing.

Born 1964, in Wuhan, China.

Painter and sculptor.

Zeng graduated from the oil painting department of the Hubei Academy of Fine Arts in 1991. The critic and curator Li Xianting introduced Zeng’s work to the larger art world by including a triptych from the ...

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American, 20th – 21st century, male.

Born 1956, in the USA, of Puerto Rican origin.

Painter. Scenes with figures, figures.

New York, 21 Nov 1988: Hermes (1988, oil on canvas, 28 × 22¼ ins/71 × 56.3 cm) USD 3,850

New York, 17 May 1989: Mission...

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Haitian, 20th – 21st century, male.

Born 1963.

Painter. Scenes with figures.

Paris, 13 June 1994: Queen of the Taïnos (oil on canvas, 30 × 24 ins/76 × 61 cm) FRF 6,000

Paris, 12 June 1995: Siren with Suitcase (oil on canvas, 24 × 35¾ ins/61 × 91 cm) ...

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Venezuelan, 20th – 21st century, male.

Born 1950.

Painter, assemblage artist.

Carlos Zerpa executes very colourful assemblages consisting of various materials. He is known for a series of work entitled India Nova, in which he used old maps.

New York, 18 May 1994: This Woman of the Order of the Redeemer...

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French, 20th – 21st century, male.

Born 1949, in Vincennes (Val-de-Marne).

Painter (including gouache).

Michel Zevort received training in painting and restoration. In 1978, he settled in Marseilles, where he still lives today. His work as a painter is of the realist, photographic style, but this contrasts with the sense of alienation and even angst conveyed by his subject matter....

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Chinese, 20th – 21st century, male.

Born 1950, in Tianjin.

Painter. Nudes, portraits.

Zhai Xinjian trained at the Beijing Central Academy of Fine Arts. He exhibits in China and abroad.

Beijing (NG)

Hong Kong, 28 Sept 1992: Rest (1991, oil on canvas...

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Chinese, 20th – 21st century, male.

Active in Belgium.

Born 2 July 1956, in Shanghai.

Painter, watercolourist. Figures, portraits, still-lifes, animals.

After studying art at Shanghai University between 1978 and 1982, Zhang Din went to Belgium, where he continued his training at the Royal Academy in Antwerp ...

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Chinese, 20th – 21st century, male.

Born 1959.

Painter.

Zhang Gong graduated in art from Beijing Normal College in 1986. He worked in advertising for several years and then resumed his studies at the Central Academy of Arts and Crafts, where he now teaches.

Hong Kong...

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Chinese, 20th – 21st century, male.

Active in New York and Shanghai.

Born 1965, in China.

Performance artist, installation artist. Multimedia.

Prior to moving to the United States in 1998, Zhang Huan spent much of his artistic career using his body as a canvas. This approach came more out of necessity than through choice, as his impoverished upbringing in Henan Province provided little in terms of financing artistic pursuits. Nonetheless, at elementary school, he became accomplished in drawing and painting, yet he moved on from his interest in these mediums in ...

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Chinese, 20th – 21st century, male.

Born 1958, in Beijing.

Painter. Figures, local scenes.

Zhang Li paints typical Chinese scenes and portraits, principally of girls, in a realistic style using traditional Western techniques. He graduated in 1983 and has since taken part in numerous exhibitions, including the first National Exhibition of Oil Painting in China and Japan (...

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Chinese, 20th – 21st century, male.

Born 1957, in Hangzhou.

Installation artist, video artist. Multimedia.

Cynicism movement.

Zhang Peili is one of the few Chinese artists to use installations, video, and photography in his work. His work is a critical interpretation of the reality of contemporary China. He is also one of China’s leading Academic art practitioners, teaching at the China Academy of Fine Arts for more than twenty years, and is a leading figure in experimental new-media art....

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Chinese, 20th – 21st century, male.

Born 1958, in Kunming (Yunnan Province).

Painter.

Zhang Xiaogang graduated from the Sichuan academy of fine arts, Chongqing, in 1982. In 1985, he helped found the Shengming Zhiliu (Current of Life) avant-garde movement, which aimed to express emotional or psychological realities as opposed to the Social Realism demanded by the communist regime. The movement exhorted individualism - the antithesis of the collectivism of the Cultural Revolution - and promoted an anti-urban, neo-pasturalist way of life. Many, like Zhang, were from far-flung places....

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Chinese, 20th–21st century, male.

Born 1953, in Beijing.

Painter. Portraits.

Zhao Dalu graduated from the fine arts section of Beijing film academy and then taught at Beijing normal academy. He settled in Sydney in 2001. He exhibited his work in Singapore in 1989 and Rome in ...

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Chinese, 20th – 21st century, male.

Born 1961, in Beijing.

Painter. Landscapes.

Zhao Gang graduated from the state academy of fine art in Maastricht in 1984, from Vassar College in Poughkeepsie in New York in 1987, and received a master of fine arts from Bard College in Annandale in New York State in ...

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Chinese, 20th – 21st century, male.

Born 1957, in Shanghai.

Painter. Landscapes.

Zheng Zhiyue studied oil painting at Jiao Tong University in Shanghai, graduating in 1990.

Hong Kong, 4 May 1995: Middle of the Day in Grassland (1994, oil on canvas, 32 × 50 ins/81.3 × 127 cm) ...

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Russian, 21st century, female.

Born 26 October 1981, in Leningrad, USSR (now St Petersburg, Russia).

Anya Zholud is best known for her sculptures and mixed media installations. In her works, Zholud primarily uses metal rods, electrical wires, and concrete to sculpt the hard-edged, geometric skeletons of everyday objects, such as flowers, automobiles, furniture, and clothing. She is also known for dynamic, expressionistic, abstract compositions, including large balls of twisted netting and sinewy, branch-like bundles of free-floating cords. The artist challenges our spatial perception by focusing our attention on the tension between negative and positive space in objects that defy our material expectations, like a pair of shoes made of a wire frame....

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Chinese, 20th – 21st century, male.

Born 1968, in Anhui Province.

Painter. Still-lifes.

Zhu Chunlin graduated from the oil painting department of the central academy of fine arts in Beijing in 1992, and was awarded a prize in 1994 at the first exhibition of still-lifes in oils held in Beijing....

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Zhu Wei  

Chinese, 20th – 21st century, male.

Active in the USA.

Born 1958.

Painter, sculptor, lithographer.

Zhu Wei, formerly a soldier in the People’s Liberation Army, graduated from the Zhejiang academy of fine arts and went to New York University to continue his training. He settled in New York City. His work satirises contemporary Chinese society. He showed in solo exhibitions at Washington Square Gallery and at the University of New York in ...