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 Qi Sheng  (1965 - )

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Lived/Active: China      Known for: Painting, sculpture, performance art

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
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Beijing-based artist Sheng Qi became known for his act of personal defiance following the events in Tiananmen Square in June 1989: he cut off the little finger of his left hand.

Since then, he has incorporated the image and concept of this self-mutilation into his work, which includes photography, painting, sculpture, and performance art. His work continues in the vein of subtle but firm subversion and quiet political protest.

Born in 1965 in Anhui Province, he graduated in 1988 from the Central Academy of Art and Design, Beijing.

From 1989 to 1992 he lived and worked in Italy, and graduated with a Master of Fine Arts degree from Central Saint Martin's College of Art and Design, London, in 1998.

My art is my memory.

I am not only an artist; I am an observer and recorder of history.

I use my brush to record the history of China in my lifetime, since 1965.

These events are truly important because they influence hundreds of millions of Chinese people and have shaped my life.

So I continue to record them as truthfully as I can in red and black.


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www.sheng-qi.com

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