Zeng Fanzhi was born in Wuhan 1964 and is now based in Beijing. Zeng graduated in 1991 at the Hubei Academy of Fine Arts in Wuhan. Like many other artists of his generation, he was strongly influenced by the cultural revolution of his youth. Zeng is famous for his “Series of Mask” paintings, which he worked on from 1994 until 2000. The “Mask” series displays the tensions between the artist’s dominant existential concerns and an ironic treatment of the pomposity and posturing inherent to his new contemporary urban life.
Zeng is currently one of China’s most successful artists. In October 2013, he set a world auction record when one of his works was sold for 23 million US Dollars in Hong Kong.
From 1830 till now N°4, Louvre, Paris, 2014
Zeng Fanzhi, Acquavella Gallery, New York, 2009
Zeng Fanzhi – Paintings, ShanghART H-Space, Shanghai, 2006
Mahjong, works from the Sigg Collection, Kunstmuseum Bern, 2005
Behind the Mask, Hanart TZ Gallery, Hong Kong, 1995