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Xu Bing  

Melissa Chiu

Chinese installation artist . Xu Bing spent much of his childhood in Beijing where his parents were professors at Beijing University. He said that being surrounded by books during this formative period in his life gave him an intense interest in them. Xu studied printmaking at the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing (...


American, 20th–21st century, male.

Born 1973, in Hong Kong.

Video artist, multi-media artist, activist, and publisher. Artists’ books

Paul Chan spent his early childhood in Hong Kong but immigrated to Omaha, Nebraska, in his youth. He began his BFA in video and digital arts at the Art Institute of Chicago in ...


French and Ivorian, 20th century, female.

Born in Hué, Vietnam.

Sculptor (marble/bronze/wood), installation artist, designer. Artists’ books.

Born of a Vietnamese mother and a French father, Dominique Le Houelleur holds a passion for Africa and lives and works in the Ivory Coast. A self-taught artist, she sought guidence from the Italian sculptor Giorgio Angeli in Querceta where she also met the Japanese sculptor Isamu Noguchi. In ...


Filipino, 20th century, male.

Active settled and naturalised in the USA from 1930.

Born 2 August 1916, in Manila; died 1990, in East Hampton (New York).

Painter, collage artist, assemblage artist, engraver, draughtsman, sculptor, illustrator, mixed media.

Alfonso Ossorio spent his childhood in Great Britain and in ...


Japanese, 20th century, female.

Born 1929, in Sabae-Shi.

Draughtswoman, collage artist, photomontage artist, performance artist. Artists’ books.


After studying in Japan, Takako Saito went to the USA in 1963 where she made the acquaintance of George Maciunas and completed her education at the Brooklyn Museum Art School. In ...


Israeli and American, 20th century, male.

Active in Israel since 1963.

Born 1932, in West Virginia in the USA.

Painter (mixed media), illustrator. Figures, scenes with figures.

Ivan Schwebel studied history of art at New York University and also attended courses at the Institute of Fine Art. He paints religious and historical subjects, such as King David, taken out of their traditional context and reinterpreted in a modern environment. He has taught at the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem and has illustrated the works ...


Indian, 20th century, male.

Born 1924, in Kerala.

Painter, mixed media, draughtsman, illustrator. Scenes with figures, still-lifes. Designs for tapestries, objects (toys).

After artistic training in Kala Bhavan and Viswa Bharati, Subramanyan studied at the Slade School of Art in London.

Subramanyan was influenced by Expres­sionism and Cubism. He uses sand and fragments of marble in his work and divides his compositions into several planes, where fantastical animals rub shoulders with figures, which sometimes have many arms and are reminiscent of Indian divinities. His works are given uniformity by allowing one colour to dominate - blue, ochre or brown. The intense quality of his colours is reminiscent of pastels. Subramanyan has also illustrated children’s books, made toys, painted murals and produced paintings on glass....


Indonesian, 20th–21st century, female.

Born 1966, in Pekan Baru, Indonesia.

Active in Amsterdam.

Photographer and film maker. Film and video installations, artists’ books.

Fiona Tan was born in Indonesia, the daughter of a Chinese father and an Australian mother of Scottish heritage. She spent most of her childhood in Melbourne, Australia. As an adult she relocated to Amsterdam, where she now lives and works. She studied art at Gerrit Rietveld Academie ...


Chinese, 20th – 21st century, male.

Active in Iceland; Hamburg, Germany; and Shanghai.

Born 1960, in Zhoushan, China.

Installation artist, performance artist, book artist, painter.

In 1986, Wu graduated from the Zhejiang Academy of Fine Arts in Hangzhou and conceived his installation and performance series Red Humour...