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Chinese, 20th – 21st century, male.

Active in Japan and the USA.

Born 8 December 1957, in Quanzhou City (Fujian Province).

Painter, draughtsman, mixed media, video artist, installation artist, performance artist.

Cai Guo-Qiang trained in stage design at the Shanghai drama institute from 1981 to 1985...

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Chinese, 20th century, male.

Active in the USA from 1980.

Born 7 October 1939, in Shanxi.

Painter, draughtsman, screen printer, illustrator. Figures, scenes with figures, landscapes, landscapes with figures, flowers. Postage stamps, murals.

Ding Shaoguang studied at the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing in ...

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Chinese, 20th century, male.

Born 1944.

Painter, decorative artist. Landscapes. Stage sets.

Duan Zhenzhong graduated from the Central Academy of Arts and Crafts in 1964. He is currently chief set designer of the Beijing Film Studio. In 1989, he won the Coq d’Or for best set design....

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Chinese, 20th century, male.

Active in France.

Born 4 January 1940, in Ganzhou (Jiangxi Province).

Painter, draughtsman, writer, illustrator. Stage sets.

The Nobel-prizewinning writer Gao Xingjian was a painter even before becoming a novelist, essayist, dramatist and director. He studied painting at Nanjing under the painter Yu Yungzhong. Then, in ...

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Melissa Chiu

Chinese installation artist. Cai studied at the Shanghai Theatre Academy, completing his degree in stage design in 1985. He is best known for ephemeral, large-scale explosion-works using gunpowder—a medium he began to experiment with in China and often explained as a childhood reference to witnessing skirmishes between China and Taiwan along what was known as the Fujian Front....

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Japanese, 20th century, male.

Born 6 May 1928, in Arashiyara (Kyoto).

Painter, draughtsman, engraver. Murals, stage sets.

Action painting.

Toshimitsu Imai studied literature and philosophy extensively before devoting himself to art. Staying in Paris from 1951 to 1962, he studied for a few months in 1957 at the Académie de la Grande Chaumière. In 1951, he was awarded the prize for young painters at the Tokyo salon, and in 1983 he was appointed an officer of the order of arts and letters. In 1957, Imai took part in the demonstrations Georges Mathieu organised in Paris on the anniversary of the conviction of the medieval thinker Siger de Brabant....

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Japanese, 18th century, male.

Painter.

Ukiyo-e (pictures of the floating world).

Ando Kaigetsudo and the school that he founded, and to which he gave his name, belong to the ‘primitive’ stage of the ukiyo-e movement. The pictures produced by the school were predominantly of beautiful women about town; they were mass-produced and have a particularly stylised look about them, which adds a boldness to the rhythmic movement of their sumptuous robes. Such pictures would become the stock-in-trade of later ...

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Japanese, 20th century, male.

Active in France from 1970.

Born 4 October 1944, in Kyoto.

Painter (including gouache), engraver, draughtsman, sculptor, installation artist. Figures. Stage sets.

Akihiko Kuroda studied art history but then abandoned painting until 1974. In 1985 he founded the magazine Noise. He lives and works in Paris. His work is very free, born out of spontaneity; his forms seem to spring to life from his line. Influenced by Chinese calligraphy, his early works have delicate graffiti or stabbing signs against dark backgrounds. He works with great economy of means, creating incisive figures and frozen silhouettes that stand out against monochrome backgrounds. He usually uses lively colours in flat areas outlined in black or white. When working in other media, his attitude to the painted surface is always restless, making it silent or complex by turns. In some of his more recent work in black and grey, the ‘nothingness of space’ contains points, dots, curves, lines, brushstrokes, vortices of matter, geometric forms tossed casually down. Primarily a painter, Kuroda has also produced a large number of posters and book covers, notably for ...

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Chinese, 20th – 21st century, male.

Born 1956, in Shandong Province.

Painter. Nudes, portraits, genre scenes, landscapes.

Si Zijie graduated from the department of stage design of the central academy of drama in 1982 and has exhibited in numerous oil painting exhibitions in China since 1987...

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Swedish painter, mosaic maker and stage designer. He moved to Sweden in 1907 where he sporadically attended a painting school. In 1914 Sköld went to Copenhagen where, as well as attending the Kongelige Danske Kunstakademi, he saw the Expressionist and Cubist works in the Tetzen-Lund Samling. After initially being influenced by Cézanne, he experimented with Cubism, producing such works as ...