25 Contemporary Chinese Artists You Need to Know

Zhou Chunya

Medium: Painting, Sculpture

Based in: Chengdu

His pet German Shepherd, Heigen, starred in Zhou's paintings and sculptures, known as his Green Dog series, for over a decade. These strange and personal portraits blend the spare compositions of traditional Chinese ink-and-wash styles with the color, emotion, and oil paint of German Expressionism. The beloved dog died mysteriously in 1999, and was suspected to have been poisoned by a neighbor, though Zhou's fascination with the animal did not cease. He also, however, has explored landscapes, spiced up with figures engaged in sexual acts.

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