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17 facts about Guo Jian

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By Gwylym Owen

Guo Jian (Chinese: 郭健; pinyin: Guō Jiàn; born in Guizhou China in 1962) is a Chinese Australian artist. His measure has been exhibited and collected in Germany, France, Belgium, Sweden, USA, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong and China, including Musée de Picardie in France, Brussels Art Festival, the Art Gallery Of New South Wales, the Queensland Gallery of Modern Art (GoMA) and the National Gallery of Australia (NGA).

He has been featured in The New York Times,CNN,The Sydney Morning Herald, the Australian Broadcasting Commission (ABC),Artist Profile magazine and on the lid of The Wall Street Journal Asia Weekend Magazine.

He is portion of a bustle of contemporary Chinese artists whose perform is characterised as Cynical Realism, which began in the 1990s in Beijing. Born a year after the Great Leap Forward, his art is heavily influenced by the last fifty years of political excitement and foul language in China, a times that included the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution in the 1960s and 70s, the Sino Vietnamese achievement in the in advance 1980s, and the Tiananmen Square massacre in 1989.

At age seventeen, he enlisted in China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) during a recruitment hope to withhold the Sino-Vietnamese war, initiated by the country’s then leader Deng Xiaoping.

A central theme to Guo Jian’s art derives from his clarification of the application of propaganda and the arts to both trigger soldiers and sway public opinion. His outlook comes from his experiences as a propaganda advertisement painter in the PLA and propaganda executive in a transport company, then well ahead from the external looking urge on in as a student demonstrator during the Tiananmen Square protests in the spring of 1989.

His art in addition to explores common themes and approaches in both Chinese propaganda and Western propaganda.

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