Via New York, NY, USA
Zhang Hongtu is an artist who has lived and worked in the United States since 1982. He was born into a Muslim family in Gansu, China in 1943 and graduated from the Central Academy of Arts and Crafts in Beijing in 1969. From the middle of the 1980s to the '90s, Zhang created paintings, sculptures and mixed media installations utilizing Mao’s image to express his ideas about Communist China and the Cultural Revolution. In the last decade, Zhang’s works have come to question complex relationships between the traditions of old China and the customs of the modern West. His most recent works focus on the relationship between nature and the human condition. Zhang has exhibited extensively, including shows at the Havana Biennial, the PS1 Museum, the New Museum, the Guangzhou Triennial, the Princeton University Art Museum, the Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts and the Museu Picasso.