Fang Lijun was a born in Hebei in 1963. He lives and works in Beijing and his work is one of the leading examples of the Cynical Realist movement. Cynical realism rose to popularity when Chinese artists, who broke away from the collective mind-set that has existed since the Cultural Revolution, pursued individual expression within their society.
Fang Lijun’s works include paintings, woodcarvings and sculptures featuring bald-headed men with their mouths ripped wide open. This image became his trademark. Fang is one of the most famous Chinese artists in Western society and some even consider him to be one of the most influential artists working in China today.
From Symbols to Analysis, Xi’an Museum, Xi’an, China, 2011
Mahjong, works from the Sigg Collection, Kunstmuseum Bern, 2005
New Work / New Aquisitions, MoMa New York, USA, 2005
Alors la Chine?, Centre Pompidou, Paris, 2003
d’APERTutto, 48th Venice Biennale, Italy, 1999