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Cinga Samson: ‘a different conversation on representation’ Ocula Conversation Cinga Samson: ‘a different conversation on representation’ By Jareh Das, New York

Cinga Samson 's paintings lay bare the complex relationship between contemporary life, African traditions, globalisation, and representation. His strikingly sombre portraits contain similarities to those of contemporary painters such as Toyin Ojih Odutola, Lynette Yiadom-Boakye , Kehinde Wiley , Florine Démosthène, and Tunji...

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Dhaka Art Summit 2020: Seismic Movements Ocula Report Dhaka Art Summit 2020: Seismic Movements By Radha Mahendru, Dhaka

Seismic Movements , the fifth Dhaka Art Summit, plotted movements, solidarities, and exchanges across the Global South with over 500 artists, scholars, curators, and thinkers.

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Guo Hongwei on Seeing Patterns That Don’t Exist Ocula Insight Guo Hongwei on Seeing Patterns That Don’t Exist By Sherry Paik, New York

Guo Hongwei's recent watercolour paintings, showing at Chambers Fine Art in New York from 3 March, trigger pareidolia—the phenomenon of seeing random objects or patterns where they do not exist.

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Feng Mengbo Biography

Born in 1966 in Beijing, Feng Mengbo’s childhood was hugely influenced by the Cultural Revolution at its peak in the 1970s. Feng graduated from the Design Department at the Beijing School of Arts and Crafts in 1985, and then went on to complete a master’s degree at the Printmaking Department of the Central Academy of Fine Arts in 1992, studying under artist Xu Bing.

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He became one of the first Chinese artists to develop an interest in global networking, the virtual world and their effects on human behaviour. Since the early 1990s, he has worked at the  intersection of painting and digital media and is widely considered to be a pioneer in new media art. When computer-based art became too common in Feng’s eyes, he returned to painting, although continued to use very innovative and cutting-edge techniques.

Feng disavows the label Political Pop, bestowed on those members of China's post-Mao avant-garde who commingle the motifs of Communist propaganda and consumer capitalism. Instead, he views himself as less concerned with history and politics than with interactive technologies. Nevertheless, he shares with compatriots like Yu Youhan an insouciant attitude toward the icons of China's recent past. He uses these cultural icons in a romantic, heroic manner to tell moral or political tales. Feng’s paintings are more whimsical and escapist than those of the Political Pop movement of the time.

Feng Mengbo Featured Artworks

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M Shot0181 by Feng Mengbo contemporary artwork
Feng MengboM Shot0181, 2012Ink, mixed media on canvas
75 x 118 cm
Chambers Fine Art Enquire about this work
2007WCSS120X240_02 by Feng Mengbo contemporary artwork
Feng Mengbo2007WCSS120X240_02, 2007Tempera and Veejet on Canvas
240 x 120 cm
Hanart TZ Gallery Enquire about this work
2007WCSS120X240_03 by Feng Mengbo contemporary artwork
Feng Mengbo2007WCSS120X240_03, 2007Tempera and Veejet on Canvas
240 x 120 cm
Hanart TZ Gallery Enquire about this work
The Indigo Horse by Feng Mengbo contemporary artwork
Feng MengboThe Indigo Horse, 2014Mixed media on canvas
80 x 40 cm
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Chun Li's Elder Brother by Feng Mengbo contemporary artwork
Feng MengboChun Li's Elder Brother, 2014Acrylic on canvas
80 x 60 cm
Hanart TZ Gallery Enquire about this work
Acrobatics by Feng Mengbo contemporary artwork
Feng MengboAcrobatics, 2014Mixed media on polyester and aluminium (drum skin)
57 x 57 cm
Hanart TZ Gallery Enquire about this work
The Ark by Feng Mengbo contemporary artwork
Feng MengboThe Ark, 2014Watercolour on Chinese paper
68 x 136 cm
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Two Great White Sharks by Feng Mengbo contemporary artwork
Feng MengboTwo Great White Sharks, 2014Watercolour on Chinese paper
68 x 136 cm
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Feng Mengbo Recent Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, Feng Mengbo, The Loudest is Silent: Picturing Feng Mengbo at Hanart TZ Gallery, Hong Kong
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8 May–2 June 2015 Feng Mengbo The Loudest is Silent: Picturing Feng Mengbo Hanart TZ Gallery, Hong Kong

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Feng Mengbo In Ocula Magazine

China’s Post-Intranet Artists Get Personal Ocula Report China’s Post-Intranet Artists Get Personal By Sam Gaskin, Auckland

China's post-80s artists are no longer all that 'young', nor do they much need that moniker. With the oldest of that generation fast approaching 40, to call them young would be misleading given how rapidly many of them rose to prominence during the tail-end of China's foreign collector-powered art boom and subsequent influx of domestic collectors....

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Feng Mengbo Ocula Conversation Feng Mengbo By Sam Gaskin, Shanghai

Born in Beijing in 1966, Feng graduated from the printmaking department of the Central Academy of Fine Arts in 1992. Often referred to as China’s ‘Godfather’ of new media art, the artist was one of the first Chinese artists to embrace digital technology, modifying video games to include Chinese elements, and replacing the...

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'Metamorphosis Of The Virtual 5 + 5' At Chi K11 Art Museum Ocula Report 'Metamorphosis Of The Virtual 5 + 5' At Chi K11 Art Museum By Anna Dickie and Sam Gaskin, Shanghai

Ten artists, five French and five Chinese, feature in Metamorphosis of the Virtual 5 + 5 , an exhibition focused on digital art, curated by David Rosenberg and co-produced by Joanne Kim. The show, which continues until August 31, is organized by K11 Art Foundation (KAF), and its genesis can be traced back to Adrian Cheng, founder of KAF,...

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Feng Mengbo In Related Press

Discussion on video art research in the context of globalisation: 'Time Test' is unveiled Related Press Discussion on video art research in the context of globalisation: 'Time Test' is unveiled 12 July 2016, CAFA ART INFO

At 2:30 pm on July 2, 2016, Time Test – International Video Art Research Exhibition was unveiled at CAFA Art Museum. The exhibition is jointly hosted by Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University East Lansing, Michigan, U.S.A. and CAFA Art Museum. In the axis of the development course of the video art, the project presents...

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Ink Remix at CMAG: Chinese traditions remixed in cutting-edge collection Related Press Ink Remix at CMAG: Chinese traditions remixed in cutting-edge collection 1 July 2015, The Sydney Morning Herald

Delicate brush strokes on paper – calligraphy, lyrical subjects, perhaps woodblock prints on handmade stock. These are the things that most commonly spring to mind when it comes to Chinese ink art – ancient methods and traditional subjects, perhaps reinterpreted in a contemporary context but always recognisable. Recognisable and...

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Of Heroes and Nintendos: Interview with Feng Mengbo Related Press Of Heroes and Nintendos: Interview with Feng Mengbo 2 June 2015, ArtAsiaPacific

Renowned for his large-scale video game installation Long March: Restart (2008), Beijing-based artist Feng Mengbo has acquired artistic knowledge through extensive research and studies, spanning from painting to traditional printmaking to computer programming. Within his multidisciplinary art practice, Feng broadly references themes of video game...

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Five rising stars  of Chinese contemporary art Related Press Five rising stars of Chinese contemporary art 13 March 2015, Christies

To mark the opening of Art Basel Hong Kong and our Asia+ sales, five international curators each tip the Chinese contemporary artist they feel most excited about right now. Lu Yang Recommended by David Elliot, curator of the Hayward Gallery's Art From Elsewhere exhibition (currently at the Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery) 'At last, women...

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