Types of Contemporary Chinese Art that You Should Know


Modern and contemporary Chinese art provides a new visual language that pools aspects of Chinese culture to respond to issues and challenges facing society today. The contemporary work embodies national pride, global awareness and beliefs that people can associate with, learn, and draw great inspiration from. In this post, we take a closer look at the different categories of Chinese art that you should consider for your organisation, institution, business, or home use. 


We start off with paintings. Although some publications, such as The End of Painting, have indicated that painting is long gone, the truth is that it is here to stay and remains a pertinent form of art across the globe, including in China. Contemporary Chinese painting mainly involves using two methods, either the working pen (Gongbi) or the freehand (Xieyi). However, you can also get ultramodern techniques involving the use of photorealistic printers. 


Sculptures are three-dimensional forms of art that are done using materials such as bronze, wood, marble, or metal. Unlike traditional Chinese sculpturing, contemporary artists are trying alternative materials, such as fibreglass, wax, steel, kinetic devices, and Plexiglas

As with paintings, contemporary sculptors can opt to make different items, from full dragons to Pandas and other objects that represent a crucial aspect about China. For example, the Chinese dragon sculpture is a common piece of art in many businesses and homes. 


Collage involves making assemblages with images and materials. Although it started as early as 1500 in Europe, it was not until the modern age that it was considered a type of art. Particularly, it became important in the 20th century with the growth of movements such as Surrealism. In China, it has become so widespread because people find it to be a sort of deviation from painting and drawing. Good examples of collage include the works of He Chong in Beijing. 

It is important to appreciate that collage has also taken a great digital turn with the use of advanced apps, such as Photoshop. The apps make it easy to compose images based on second hand photography. The applications have also made it easy for more people, both in China and away, to associate with art. 

The three types of contemporary Chinese art are the most common, but you will also get others such as photography, drawing, and video art. Remember that to be able to narrow down to the best pieces of art for your home or business; it is advisable to work with a specialised Chinese art collectorAdrian Cheng, the CEO of the New World Development, is one of top collectors today. He is also establishing one large cultural-retail hub in Shenzhen, China, to expand his K11 brand and reach out to more people.