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Afrika  

Russian, 20th – 21st century, male.

Born c. 1960, in Novorossick.

Painter.

Sots Art.

Afrika belongs to the generation that had begun to find its feet during the liberalisation enjoyed under the Gorbachev regime. 'Sots Art' is the relative Russian parallel to the American-European Pop Art movement. The young Russian artists preserved the iconic subject matter of official Stalinist art, yet stripped it of its meanings in order to use it as a purely three-dimensional element....

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Russian, 20th – 21st century, male.

Born 25 May 1959.

Painter. Scenes with figures.

Swen Gundlakh lives and works in Moscow. He was one of the artists who, in a response to Socialist Realism in the Gorbachev era, depicted in their works the new social relationships that have emerged following the fall of Stalinism and the introduction of transparency or ...

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Chinese, 20th – 21st century, male.

Born 1958, in Baotu, Inner Mongolia.

Painter. Scenes with figures.

Socialist Realism.

Liu Guoxing comes from Inner Mongolia. He graduated in 1986 from the People’s Liberation Army art academy. He is also an art publisher in China.

Hong Kong, 30 April 1996...

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Chinese, 20th – 21st century, male.

Born 1948, in Sichuan.

Painter. Scenes with figures.

Socialist Realism.

Luo Zhongli received a diploma from the Sichuan academy of fine arts in 1981, where he taught oil painting before leaving for Europe. From 1984 to 1986, he attended the royal academy of fine arts in Antwerp. Arguably his best known work in the West is ...

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Russian, 20th – 21st century, male.

Active in the USA and the Netherlands.

Born 12 November 1960, in Moscow.

Painter (including mixed media), draughtsman, environmental artist. Scenes with figures.

Sots Art.

Roiter studied at the institute of architecture in Moscow from 1978 to 1980. In Moscow he took part in a very active collective workshop set up in a nursery school that was later closed down by the Soviet authorities. He favours a gestural technique to produce Expressionist works that rely on a range of everyday materials: shower curtains, tablecloths, plastic sheeting, school blackboards, the labels from merchandise. He opts for everyday subjects such as street scenes, scenes in sports stadiums....

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Chinese, 20th – 21st century, female.

Born 1954, in Beijing.

Painter. Figure compositions, landscapes, animals.

Shao Fei was introduced to painting by her mother, Shao Jingkun, a trained artist of the Socialist Realism school. In 1970, she enlisted in the army and put her artistic gifts at the service of propaganda, designing posters. In ...

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Russian, 20th – 21st century, male.

Born 1955, in Potsdam (Brandenburg), to Russian parents.

Painter (including mixed media), collage artist.

Sots Art.

Shutov was a member of the graphic arts committee in Moscow, where he settled. He worked from 1978 to 1979 at the Pushkin museum of fine art in Moscow and held the chair of fine arts at the free academy ...