Artist profiles on Ocula are an invaluable research tool to discover and learn more about the world's leading contemporary artists and their diverse art practices. These profiles also offer a fascinating pathway to explore the artworks, exhibitions and content about each artist as published on Ocula.
Many countries now have contemporary artists who are internationally recognised by an increasing and global audience for contemporary art.In Asia, the post-war period saw artists such as Zao Wou-ki and Nam June Paik at the forefront of modernist movements that continued to challenge and reinterpret traditional Asian art styles. For example during the period of liberalisation in China in the 1980s and 90s there emerged a group of artists such as Ai WeiWei and Zhang Xiaogang who embodied the spirit of a new freedom of expression in contemporary art in China, freed from the aesthetic and narrative constraints of Socialist Realism. Similarly from India artists such as Anish Kapoor, Subodh Gupta and Jitish Kallat, brought a new and original expression of the Indian spirit into contemporary art. Japan has long had a thriving scene for contemporary art and artists such as Yoshitomo Nara, Yayoi Kusama, Takashi Murakami and Hiroshi Sugimoto are now highly sought after by collectors around the world. Similarly in Korea the abstract art movement of Dansaekwha in post-war Korea heralded an art movement that also embodied the sensibilities of traditional Korean art. The artists that came out of that movement are sought after today and include Lee Ufan, Park Seo-Bo and Chung Sang-Hwa. More recent Korean artists of note include Suh Do-Ho, Choi Jeong-Hwa and Ham Kyung-Ah. Their work is characterised by their individualism and exploration of identity and cultural values in the complex social landscape of modern Korea.