Qi Zhilong, b.1962, Hohhot, Inner Mongolia, China
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Hohhot, Inner Mongolia, China
Painter Qi Zhilong became known for ‘Political Pop’ images, mostly of Chinese women during the Cultural Revolution. He was associated with the Yuanmingyuan Artist Village and with the Gaudy Art movement created by critic and curator Li Xianting. His ‘consumer icon’ series brought him international recognition in the mid-1990s, foreshadowing the era of material wealth and conspicuous consumption in a China changed by the economic policies of the Reform and Opening Up era. Later, Qi developed a series of paintings of young women in Red Guard uniforms that express a paradoxical nostalgia for the Cultural Revolution.