Israeli sculptor. He adopted the name Absalon on his arrival in Paris in the late 1980s. During his short career he achieved widespread recognition for the 1:1 scale architectural models that he constructed of idealized living units. These wooden models, painted white, demonstrate an obsession with order, arrangement and containment, and have associations both of protective shelters and monastic cells. They were designed to be placed in several cities and to function as living-pods for the artist as he travelled. Exhibiting a series of six ‘cellules’ in Paris in ...
Filipino, 20th century, male.
Born 1930, in Bohol, Philippines.
Sculptor. Figures, historical subjects, religious subjects, allegory, myths.
Napoleon Veloso Abueva graduated in 1953 from the University of the Philippines College of Fine Arts (UPCFA), where he was mentored by the first National Artist for Sculpture, Guillermo Tolentino. He received another scholarship from the Fulbright/Smith–Mundt Foundation and in ...
Pakistani painter, sculptor and printmaker. Educated in Pakistan and abroad, he has consciously and successfully synthesized Eastern and Western aesthetic traditions. In 1963, a year after graduating from the National College of Arts, Lahore, he joined the faculty as a lecturer in art, later becoming a professor and head of the Department of Fine Arts. His studies abroad have included post-graduate work in London (...
Syrian, 21st century, female.
Born 1981, in Aleppo, Syria.
Sculpture, painting, installation.
The Syrian-born, Brooklyn-based artist Diana Al-Hadid is best known for creating meticulous large-scale works through which she investigates architecture and historical and mythological narratives. Al-Hadid received a bachelor of fine arts degree in sculpture from Kent State University in ...
Japanese, 20th–21st century, male.
At the end of the 1980s, Yasuhiko Ando spent a long time in Stuttgart, Germany. During this same period he exhibited in Paris at the Salon Grands et Jeunes d’Aujourd’hui. His sculptures follow a horizontal plan, mingling abstract or metaphorical elements with precise representations, such as figures....
Sheila S. Blair and Jonathan M. Bloom
Iranian sculptor. Trained at the College of Decorative Arts, Tehran, he held his first solo exhibition at the Iran-India Center, Tehran in 1964. Inspired by Achaemenid and Assyrian art as well as by Babylonian carvings and inscriptions, Arabshahi has been associated with
American sculptor of Iranian birth. Armajani studied in Iran at the University of Tehran before immigrating to the USA in 1960 to complete his studies in philosophy at Macalester College in Saint Paul, MN, where he settled permanently. He became a naturalized US citizen in ...
Israeli, 20th – 21st century, male.
Born 1953, in Tel Aviv.
Sculptor, draughtsman, mixed media.
Ilan Averbuch studied at Wimbledon Art School in London, at the School of Visual Arts in New York and at Hunter College.
In his choice of materials and structures, Averbuch’s body of work is akin to Land Art; he uses materials in their primal state - frequently stone but also wood and lead - in order to produce his ‘archaeologies’, compositions that often evoke ancient and sacred places but also create their own symbolic language. His fragmented, yet dynamic and monumental sculpture is laboriously constituted piece by piece, almost as if he were rebuilding after some cataclysmic event rather than starting from scratch....
Thai sculptor and installation artist. Boonma studied at the Poh Chang Arts and Crafts School, Bangkok (1971–3) and went on to study painting at Silpakorn University, Bangkok (1974–8). He became a Buddhist monk in 1986 and his work explores a distinctively Buddhist art language. His early work dealt with environmental issues that came out of his concerns about the effects of industrialization on rural Thailand. Increasingly his work became involved with issues of illness and death as his own health faltered. He subtly melded natural forms, Buddhist architecture and ritual objects with a minimalist sense of structure inspired by his study of Western art. He fashioned sculptural objects based on Buddhist alms bowls, ‘painted’ with healing herbs and created walls and enclosures from stacks of hundreds of ceramic temple bells....
British sculptor of Pakistani birth. He studied at Goldsmiths College, London (1987–90). After initially working in a wide variety of media, Butt settled exclusively on installations in the late 1980s. Because of his early death little of his work has become widely known, but that which has demonstrates by an interest in alchemy and a thematic preoccupation with seduction, pleasure and danger. ...
Chinese, 20th – 21st century, male.
Active in France since 1970.
Born 1948, in China.
Sculptor, installation artist.
After living in Hong Kong from 1962 to 1970, Chan moved to Paris, where he studied at the École des Beaux-Arts. He has taken part in many Salons and group exhibitions in Paris, notably the Salon de Mai, the Salon de Jeune Sculpture, and the MAC ...
Chinese, 20th – 21st century, male.
Born 1962, in Zhejiang.
Painter, sculptor. Nudes.
Chen Wanshan began by studying sculpture at the National Zhejiang Academy of Fine Arts, graduating in 1985, and then took up painting. He teaches at the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing. Both his sculptures and his paintings have appeared in many exhibitions in China and in ...
Chinese, 20th–21st century, male.
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...
Mary M. Tinti
American sculptor, installation and conceptual artist. His multimedia works investigate the pathology of contemporary culture. Mel Chin was born and raised in Houston, Texas to parents of Chinese birth and received his BA in 1975 from the Peabody College in Nashville, Tennessee. The works in Chin’s oeuvre are diverse in both medium and subject, but a consistent undercurrent of social, political, and environmental responsibility runs throughout. Whether a sculpture, film, video game, installation, public project or earthwork, Chin’s artworks consistently targeted a broad spectrum of pressing cultural and ecological interests and spread their message in subtle, if not viral ways....
Turkish, 20th – 21st century, male.
Active in France.
Born 1950, in Agri.
Salih Coskun began exhibiting his works in 1965, in a series of solo exhibitions including Bursa, Turkey (1965 and 1967); Hôtel des Monnaies et des Médailles, Paris (1970 and ...
British, 20th – 21st century, male.
Born 1948, in Colombo, Sri Lanka.
Sculptor, environmental artist, installation artist.
Land Art. Eco Art.
Chris Drury studied at Camberwell School of Art from 1966 to 1970. He works with nature to create original forms such as cones, tumuli, sheafs, bundles and fungi....
Peter A. Nagy
Indian sculptor and installation artist (see fig.). Raised in a family of physicians in the north Indian capital of Lucknow, Dube studied art criticism at the M.S. University in Baroda, in the western Indian state of Gujarat. Afterwards, Dube gravitated to New Delhi where she wrote on contemporary art and began to make sculpture. Early works were influenced by the carved-wood sculptures of her peers in Baroda, however she immediately began to integrate found objects and unconventional materials with the wood centrepieces to create ensembles that were abstract, yet still essentially figurative....
French, 20th – 21st century, male.
Born 2 October 1951, in Hanoi.
Painter (including gouache), watercolourist, sculptor (including bronze), engraver, poet. Artists' books.
Born in North Vietnam, Albert Dupont came to France at an early age. He began to practise engraving and worked on collector's editions ...
Japanese, 20th – 21st century, male.
Endo Toshikatsu works in wood, coal tar, earth, fire and water. He has taken part in numerous group exhibitions since 1974, mainly in Japan. Other exhibitions were: 1986, Documenta VIII, Kassel; 1987, New York; 1988...
Filipino, 20th – 21st century, male.
Born 1972, in Las Piñas City, Manila, Philippines.
Painter, sculptor. Religious subjects, socio-political themes.
Folk art, symbolism.
Alfredo Esquillo Jr. graduated from the University of Santo Tomas College of Fine Arts in 1993. He first gained recognition when he won first prize in the ASEAN Art Awards in ...