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Chinese, 20th–21st century, male.

Born 1953.

Painter, sculptor. Portraits, still-lifes, landscapes.

or Zheng Zaidong

Cheng Tsai-tung trained in journalism before switching to painting. While technically fairly rudimentary, his work proceeds from a synthetic vision that he renders in large flat areas.

1984–1985, Taiwan New Painting...

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French, 20th – 21st century, male.

Born 1952, in Paris.

Sculptor, painter.

Jean-Marc Debenedetti started out as a poet and, as such, was a co-founder of the literary review Soror (1972-1975) and, from 1979 to 1986, the founder-editor of a further review, Ellébore. He makes no real distinction between his activities as a poet and as a sculptor. His sculptures are essentially anthropomorphic, ranging in style from the figurative to the abstract. He has exhibited since ...

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Chinese, 20th – 21st century, female.

Born 1954, in Xinzhu, Taiwan.

Painter. Genre scenes, interiors with figures.

Fang Xun graduated in 1978 from the journalism department of the Chinese Culture University, Taipei, and then started her artistic career. In 1986, she began to take part in exhibitions and in ...

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French, 20th – 21st century, male.

Born 1953, in Clamart.

Painter. Scenes with figures, figures.

Nouvelle Figuration.

Philippe Huart was originally an illustrator and graphic designer for literary publishers and record companies. Since 1991 he has devoted himself to painting. His figurative representations are like superimposed catalogues of images in which words are integrated and have a readable and smooth appearance. They echo sources close to Pop Art or Narrative Figuration. He produces series of works: faces, animal portraits and various fragments of reality such as mouths, pills, etc. Huart has taken part in collective exhibitions such as: the Salon de la Jeune Peinture, Paris, ...

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American, 20th–21st century, female.

Born 1950, in Prague.

Active in Rosendale (New York).

Printmaker, photographer, draughtsman, paper maker. Installation art, artists’ books.

Women’s Studio Workshop.

Tatana Kellner was born in Prague and grew up in communist Czechoslovakia as the daughter of Holocaust survivors. After the Soviet invasion in ...

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French, 20th – 21st century, male.

Born 5 October 1958, in Amiens.

Painter, illustrator. Stage sets.

Pierre Mabille is a figurative painter who works on large square canvases. He has illustrated school books for the publishers Foucher. He designed theatre sets for K8 at the Avignon Festival. In ...

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Congolese, 20th – 21st century, male.

Active since 1989 active in France.

Born 19 December 1964, in Pointe Noire.

Painter (mixed media), draughtsman. Scenes with figures, figures.

Gatien Mabounga learned from his father, who was a printer and bookbinder, how to work with leather. In 1984...

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Dutch, 20th – 21st century, male.

Born 1968, in Volkel.

Sculptor of assemblages, installation artist, draughtsman, publisher.

Conceptual Art.

Since 1986 Mark Manders has considered his works to be self-portraits, buildings inhabited by himself or 'self-portrait dwellings'. At exhibitions he first fits out the allocated space, working on all the surfaces, walls and floor. Then, in this 'container-environment', he proceeds to install significant elements from each of his creations; these elements are joined by assemblage, connections or various links. To this majority of pre-existing elements, which he has deliberately selected in order to reunite them, and which are a testimonial of his relationship with the outside world, he adds others that he has made himself, and which are generally in the schematic image of a living creature, human or animal, and spring in outline from his inner world....

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Cuban, 20th – 21st century, male.

Born 1948, in Cienfuegos.

Painter.

Aldo Menendez studied at the school of fine arts in Cienfuegos and at the Cuban national art school. He produced drawings for the journal Revolution and Culture ( Revolución y Cultura). He has taken part in collective exhibitions, notably in the ...

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(b Norman, OK, Sept 28, 1952).

American painter, draughtsman, and printmaker. He studied under John Baldessari and others at the California Institute of the Arts in Valencia, CA (1973–5). While working in the art department of a publisher of romance and pornographic magazines, he gathered together photographs from the company’s archives, later using them as source material for his paintings. His soft-core pornographic depictions of women drew frequent criticism from reviewers and critics. After producing performances and installations in the late 1970s, he began in 1979 to make paintings in which he overlaid images in different styles based on found sources, as in The Flesh Made Word (1979; Rotterdam, Mus. Boymans–van Beuningen). Although he acknowledged the example of the Transparencies series painted in the late 1920s and 1930s by Picabia, a more immediate point of comparison for works such as Good Bye D. (1982; Richmond, VA Mus. F.A.)—with their references to popular sources and kitsch and jarring juxtapositions of styles—was in work produced in the 1960s by artists associated with Pop art, notably James Rosenquist and Sigmar Polke. During the 1980s and early 1990s he was one of the most influential young painters working in a representational idiom. Splicing recognizable elements from canonical artworks together with laid-on transitional passages made from a range of straight photographs, grisaille adaptations, vintage magazine ads, and drawn-on elements, Salle created visual puzzles and unusual juxtapositions with emotional impact, as in the diptych ...

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M. N. Sokolov

(Mikhaylovich) [Chemiakin, Mihail]

(b Moscow, May 4, 1943).

Russian painter, graphic designer, sculptor and publisher. One of the most important representatives of the St Petersburg tradition of nonconformist art, he was born to a military family and spent his early years in the German Democratic Republic. His family returned to the USSR in 1957 and until 1961 he studied at the secondary school of art attached to the Il’ya Repin Institute of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture, Leningrad (now St Petersburg). His work combines the World of Art tradition with the surreal grotesque, portraying the world as a colourful carnival, intimidating in its terrifying metamorphoses, but drawing upon a wealth of artistic styles and psychologically striking tones. He was a master of the anarchic, bohemian life, and the poet Andrey Voznesensky (b 1933) described him as the ‘black prince of the Russian Underground’. After confrontations with the authorities, notably his participation in a group exhibition by underground artists of the ...

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British, 20th century, male.

Born 1940, in St Ives, Cornwall.

Book artist, painter, sculptor.

The son of critic Adrian Stokes, Telfer Stokes studied painting at the Slade School of Fine Art in London. In 1962 he received a postgraduate fellowship at the Brooklyn Museum.

Throughout the 1960s Stokes exhibited paintings although he often mixed media in his works, combining pigment with fibre glass and lighting. In ...