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Zhang Hongtu Biography

Zhang Hongtu was born and raised in a devoted Chinese Muslim family. Zhang entered the Central Academy of Arts and Crafts in Beijing in 1964 and graduated in 1969, but due to unrest during the Cultural Revolution, remained at the school until 1973. In 1980 he went to the Mogao Caves in Dunhuang, Gansu Provine, to study wall paintings, which left a lasting influence on his art practice. He moved to New York in 1982, and received the painting prize from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation in 1991.

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Inspired by Mao Zedong, in 1987 Zhang Hongtu retouched the man on the Quaker Oats carton to closely resemble Mao in the work Quaker Oats Mao (1987), and other works such as Chairmen Mao (1989), in a satiric deconstruction predating China’s Political Pop art movement, which became very well-known in the early 1990s. In recent years, Zhang Hontu has shifted his focus to “shan shui.” Having worked on the Repaint Chinese Shan Shui series since 1998, he has consciously emulated the painting styles of such masters as Paul Cézanne (1839–1906), Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890) and Claude Monet (1840-1926) for well over a decade, such that he has created his own distinguished style by juxtaposing the East and West.

He has exhibited internationally, including Zhang Hongtu, Queens Museum, New York, USA (2015); The Journey Begins: Zhang Hongtu 1985‐2004, Tina Keng Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan (2015); After Picasso: 80 Contemporary Artists, Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, Ohio, USA (2015); Picasso in Contemporary Art, The Hall for Contemporary Art, Deichtorhallen, Hamburg, Germany (2015); and Post-Picasso: Contemporary Reactions, Museu Picasso, Barcelona, Spain (2014). Zhang’s work is housed in many important institutions and private collections, such as the National Museum of Art, Beijing, China; Guangzhou Art Museum, Guangzhou, China; Bronx Museum of the Arts, NY; Princeton University Art Museum, NJ, among many others.

Zhang Hongtu Featured Artworks

Bison Migration by Zhang Hongtu contemporary artwork painting
Zhang Hongtu Bison Migration, 2020 Oil on canvas
137.5 x 212.5 cm
Tina Keng Gallery Contact Gallery
Not by Chance by Zhang Hongtu contemporary artwork painting
Zhang Hongtu Not by Chance, 2021 Oil on canvas
113.3 x 195.4 cm
Tina Keng Gallery Contact Gallery
Bison Looking Up 1 by Zhang Hongtu contemporary artwork sculpture
Zhang Hongtu Bison Looking Up 1, 2020 Limestone
44.4 x 61 x 7 cm
Tina Keng Gallery Contact Gallery
Morning by Zhang Hongtu contemporary artwork painting
Zhang Hongtu Morning, 2019 Oil, acrylic and mixed media on canvas mounted on gator board
157.5 x 122 cm
Tina Keng Gallery Contact Gallery
Bison, Untitled by Zhang Hongtu contemporary artwork painting
Zhang Hongtu Bison, Untitled, 2019 Oil, acrylic and mixed media on canvas mounted on gator board
137.2 x 212.1 cm
Tina Keng Gallery Contact Gallery
Walking Monkey 行走的猴子 by Zhang Hongtu contemporary artwork painting
Zhang Hongtu Walking Monkey 行走的猴子, 2016 Oil and mixed media on canvas
160 x 188 cm
Tina Keng Gallery Contact Gallery

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