A Chinese contemporary artist, Zang Kunkun deals with experiences of his native China in a very universal language that transcends cultural standards. By using industrial materials in his installations and paintings, he explores themes such as urbanization, the passage of time, and dimensions that are subject to time and space.
Born in 1986 in Qingdao, Shandong Province, China, Kunkun currently lives and works in Beijing. He received his BA from Tianjin Academy of Fine Arts, Tianjin, China. He exhibited his works at Solo Project In Artstage, Singapore, Linda Gallery, Singapore and Beijing, China, TianJin Academy Of Fine Arts, Tianjin, China, Mai 36 Galerie, Zurich, Hong Museum, Chengdu, China and Boxes Art Space of OCT Harbour, Shenzhen, China, among others. His work is part of the collections of MOCA Museum Of Singapore Contemporary Arts, Today Art Museum, HOW Museum, M+ Visual Culture Museum Of Hong Kong, MOTIF Foundation and Uli Sigg.
In his works, Kunkun focuses on the subtle relationships and structural syntax of objects, forms, concepts and different means of sensory perception. He uses a variety of materials and objects that are often overlooked in day-to-day life, such as adverts for mobile phones, posters for a new shopping mall, US coins, styrofoam and discarded packaging.
Featured image: Zang Kunkun - Self-awareness, 2019 (detail). Acrylic on canvas. 31 1/2 × 47 1/5 × 1 3/5 in. 80 × 120 × 4 cm. This is a unique work. Photo courtesy Mai 36 Galerie