b. 1990, China

Tong Kunniao Biography

An outstanding feature of Tong Kunniaos work is the compilation of objets trouvées, which is showcasing his subversive sense of humour. His art deals with the meaning of the single object as a bearer of cultural identity, while simultaneously strategically confronting logic and material in a relaxed, seemingly absurd manner. Most and foremost, he is well known for his assemblages, which are created using materials that have been found on the flea market or on the street. The resulting works confront the viewer with objects that are considered as 'junk' within his surroundings. To Kunniao 'junk is not only fun, it is gold, too.' His kinetic assemblages are reminiscent of Jean Tinguely's loud, machine-drive machine sculptures from the 1960's.

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Tong Kunniao is a Beijing based artist, where he finished his studies at the B.F.A. Sculpture Department at the Central Academy of Fine Arts in 2015. Born 1990 in Changsha he is part of the young generation of representative artists in China. His work has been exhibited in several solo shows in China and Germany.

Text courtesy SETAREH.

Tong Kunniao Featured Artworks

Face of the Red-tailed double Egg Bird by Tong Kunniao contemporary artwork painting
Tong Kunniao Face of the Red-tailed double Egg Bird, 2021 Acrylic on wood panel, sealing wax, handmade metal frame
50 x 40 x 5 cm
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The Purple Lion Statue by Tong Kunniao contemporary artwork painting
Tong Kunniao The Purple Lion Statue, 2021 Acrylic on wood panel, sealing wax, handmade metal frame
50 x 50 x 5 cm
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Lion Coronation by Tong Kunniao contemporary artwork painting
Tong Kunniao Lion Coronation, 2021 Acrylic on wood panel, sealing wax, handmade metal frame
60 x 50 cm
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Foreign Body mass in the Fog by Tong Kunniao contemporary artwork painting
Tong Kunniao Foreign Body mass in the Fog, 2021 Acrylic on wood panel, sealing wax
50 x 40 x 5 cm
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Looking forward to with eager expectancy -1 by Tong Kunniao contemporary artwork sculpture
Tong Kunniao Looking forward to with eager expectancy -1, 2022 Wooden head engraving, reflector, metal
115 x 40 x 55 cm
SETAREH Contact Gallery
Bronze Statue of the Lion -2 by Tong Kunniao contemporary artwork sculpture
Tong Kunniao Bronze Statue of the Lion -2, 2019–2022 Acrylic on wood panel, sealing wax
62 x 28 x 38 cm
SETAREH Contact Gallery
Listen to the feather by Tong Kunniao contemporary artwork painting
Tong Kunniao Listen to the feather, 2021 Acrylic on wood panel, sealing wax, handmade metal frame
50 x 50 x 5 cm
SETAREH Contact Gallery
Black Fan Girl by Tong Kunniao contemporary artwork painting
Tong Kunniao Black Fan Girl, 2021 Acrylic on wood panel, sealing wax, handmade metal frame
60 x 50 cm
SETAREH Contact Gallery

Tong Kunniao Recent Exhibitions

Tong Kunniao Represented By

SETAREH contemporary art gallery in Düsseldorf, Germany
SETAREH Berlin, Düsseldorf
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