Artist

蔡国強/Cai Guoqiang

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Cai Guo-Qiang was born in 1957, Fujian Province, China. He studied stage design at the Shanghai Theater Academy from 1981 to 1985. From 1986, He resided for nine years in Japan, where he explored and developed his signature gunpowder drawings that led to his experimentation with explosives on massive scale events. During his residency in Japan he held solo exhibitions such as "Concerning Flame", Tokyo Gallery (1994); "Cai Guo-Qiang, Naoshima Contemporary Art Museum" (1993) and "From the Pan-Pacific", Iwaki City Art Museum (1994). After moving to New York City in 1996, where he is currently based, Cai distinguished himself as one of the most important artists of his generation by holding various solo shows at major international institutions, including his first retrospective in North America "I Want to Believe" at Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York (2008); "Cai Guo-Qiang on the Roof: Transparent Monument", Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (2006) and "Cai Guo-Qiang: Saraab" at Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art, Doha, Qatar (2011). He also participated in various biennales including the 48th Venice Biennale (1999) where he received the Golden Lion Award.

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