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Chinese, 20th – 21st century, male.

Active in Beijing and Dali (Yunnan Province), China.

Born 1963, in Handan, China.

Painter, printmaker.

Cynical Realism.

Part of the generation of artists who grew up in China during the Cultural Revolution (1966–1976), Fang Lijun graduated from the printmaking department at the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing in ...

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Japanese, 20th – 21st century, male.

Born 1946, in Kagawa Prefecture.

Sculptor, painter, draughtsman, engraver.

Haraguchi Noriyuki studied at Nihon Uni­versity until 1970. His style can be described as Pop Art and he mainly uses heavy materials such as concrete, steel, copper and tar. Work by him was shown at the following: the seventh Exhibition of Contemporary Japanese Art (...

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Japanese, 20th – 21st century, male.

Born 1947.

Painter, engraver.

Hasegawa Makiio studied printing at the Suidobata Art Academy in Tokyo. He exploits the potential of monochrome printing, producing works on plywood. His work has been shown in group exhibitions since 1970 at the following: the fifth Art Festival in Japan (...

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Japanese, 20th – 21st century, male.

Born 1940, in Kyoto.

Painter, engraver.

Ida Shoichi graduated from the Kyoto City University of Arts. He works a good deal in lithography and silk-screen printing, using contemporary photo reportage techniques. This allows him to incorporate images taken from newspapers or other facets of daily life. He has cut himself off from any ethnic roots he might have had; which makes him a perfect example of the international Pop style, no more Japanese than American. As an artist he is not lacking in humour, and using Madison Avenue’s own tools creates fake publicity images that can be either funny or disturbing....

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Korean, 20th – 21st century, male.

Active in France.

Born 1948, in Seoul.

Painter, screen printer.

Kim trained at the Seoul University School of Fine Art, then at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris. He lives and works in Paris. In his works, abstract, sharply outlined forms (lines, strips of colour) are apparently superimposed. He has shown work in collective exhibitions, among others at the Kieffer Gallery in Paris in ...

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Japanese, 20th – 21st century, male.

Born 1947, in Saitama.

Print artist, painter.

Beaumont-Maillet, Laure/Woimant, Françoise/Pernoud, Emmanuel:    De Bonnard à Base­litz - Dix ans d’enrichissements du Cabinet des estampes 1978–1988, exhibition catalogue, Bibliothèque nationale de France, Paris, 1992.

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Japanese, 20th – 21st century, male.

Active in France since 1981.

Born 1954, in Okinawa.

Painter, pastellist, sculptor, lithographer.

Manabu Kochi acquired his artistic education on his travels across cultures and civilisations, from Tokyo to Florence, from London to Paris, where he eventually settled. He works in acrylics and oil pastels. He is also a lithographer, which allows him to increase the volume of his graphic work, and a sculptor: some of his sculpture is in cast bronze. His artistic identity is a synthesis of different influences - children’s drawings, Miró, Brauner, and pop art are dominant in his painting; and primitive art, Miró, Arp, and Max Ernst in his sculpture. His paintings and pastels are a maze of simplified images and juxtaposed graphic signs. Françoise Monnin has described his bestiary sculpture as ‘... anatomic fragments: a head on a foot, three fingers on a belly... a man with a leaf for a head beside a feather with a mouth....’...

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Korean, 20th – 21st century, male.

Active in France.

Born 1956.

Painter, print artist, sculptor.

Young Se is the son of Ung-No Lee. He went to Paris at the age of two. His father introduced him to the techniques used in ink painting and calligraphy, and to East Asian art in general. From ...

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Britta Erickson

(b Handan, Hebei Province, Dec 4, 1963).

Chinese painter and printmaker. At 17 he began to study the art of woodcuts and five years later, in 1985, he entered the Print Department of the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing. Despite his early interest in printmaking, however, it was his oil paintings that initially won him acclaim. Following his graduation in 1989, he devoted himself almost exclusively to oil painting, earning a place in many international art exhibitions, including the honour of the first solo show held by the Japan Foundation for a non-native artist.

In the early 1990s, art critics grouped the work of Fang Lijun and other figure painters with similar background and style under the title, Cynical Realism. Their cynicism is generally attributed to the fact that they came of age at a time when ideologies were in a state of flux, namely during China’s Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution (1966–76) and its aftermath. Furthermore, they witnessed the forced closure of the seminal ...

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Chinese, 20th – 21st century, male.

Active in Paris.

Born 1952, in Beijing.

Painter, printmaker.

Ma Desheng was one of the founders and leaders of the Xing Xing (Stars) art group, based in Beijing beginning in 1979. Along with Huang Rui, he was the lead organizer of the Xing Xing open-air art exhibition in Beijing on ...