Sheng Qi

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Sheng Qi is born in Anhui Province, China. In 1988 he graduated at the Central Academy of Art and Design, in Beijing and in 1998 he graduated in MFA at Central Saint Martin’s College of Art and Design, London. Beijing-based artist Sheng Qi is probably best 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. It was a violent and violent act stemming from the brutal situation of the period.

Since then, he has incorporated the image and concept of this self-mutilation into his work, which includes photography, painting, sculpture, and performance art. Subsequently, his art inspired by this gesture not only marked the beginning of his career but saw his mutilated hand become the symbol of the drama of an entire nation. Today, the intensity of this work has made it one of the icons of contemporary Chinese art.

His recent work continues in the vein of subtle but firm subversion and quiet political protest.