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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

Good vision of the seeds 1 by Tong Kunniao contemporary artwork installation
Tong KunniaoGood vision of the seeds 1, 2017Acrylic on canvas with light
81 x 54 cm
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Every morning by Tong Kunniao contemporary artwork sculpture
Tong KunniaoEvery morning, 2017Wood, mixed media, motor
170 x 120 x 35 cm
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Wind of the child by Tong Kunniao contemporary artwork sculpture
Tong KunniaoWind of the child, 2017Wood, mixed media, motor
160 x 90 x 35 cm
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Outdated story by Tong Kunniao contemporary artwork painting
Tong KunniaoOutdated story, 2017Acrylic on canvas
100 x 140 x 5 cm
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Sweet little elves by Tong Kunniao contemporary artwork painting
Tong KunniaoSweet little elves, 2017Acrylic on canvas
80 x 120 x 5 cm
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Untitled 1 by Tong Kunniao contemporary artwork sculpture
Tong KunniaoUntitled 1, 2017Mixed media on wood
120 x 60 x 30 cm
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Bad document by Tong Kunniao contemporary artwork sculpture
Tong KunniaoBad document, 2017Mixed media
35 x 40 cm
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Tong Kunniao Recent Exhibitions

Tong Kunniao Represented By

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