Zeng Fanzhi 曾梵志

Chinese, born 1964

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Zeng Fanzhi 曾梵志

Chinese, born 1964

4,557
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blue chip status
Blue Chip Representation
auction
$23m Auction Record
Biography

Zeng Fanzhi achieved recognition in the 1990s for his "Hospital" and "Meat" paintings, both rendered in the artist's signature fleshy red tones. In pairing men with butchered slabs of meat, the works from the Meat series pointed to Zeng's ongoing concern with modernity's problematic history (he grew up in China during the Cultural Revolution) and the isolation and instability of contemporary life in general. Later portraits of subjects like Francis Bacon and Stalin or the "Mask" paintings of well-dressed urbanites hiding behind masks further intensified this sense of alienation. Influenced by German Expressionism, Zeng commonly renders figures with large heads and exaggerated features in bold brushstrokes; Chinese traditional art and calligraphy are recent references.

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Biography

Zeng Fanzhi achieved recognition in the 1990s for his "Hospital" and "Meat" paintings, both rendered in the artist's signature fleshy red tones. In pairing men with butchered slabs of meat, the works from the Meat series pointed to Zeng's ongoing concern with modernity's problematic history (he grew up in China during the Cultural Revolution) and the isolation and instability of contemporary life in general. Later portraits of subjects like Francis Bacon and Stalin or the "Mask" paintings of well-dressed urbanites hiding behind masks further intensified this sense of alienation. Influenced by German Expressionism, Zeng commonly renders figures with large heads and exaggerated features in bold brushstrokes; Chinese traditional art and calligraphy are recent references.

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Career Highlights
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blue chip status
Blue chip representation
Represented by internationally reputable galleries.
auction
High auction record
$23m, Sotheby's, 2013
user
Solo show at a major institution
UCCA, and 1 more
group
Group show at a major institution
UCCA, and 1 more
publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Art in America, and 2 more
fair
Included in a major biennial
Venice Biennale National Pavilion, and 1 more
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