1969 // Born in Kazakhstan. 1992 / Graduated from the National Academy of Arts and Theatre, Almaty, Kazakhstan. Lives and works in Almaty, Amsterdam and Berlin. Menlibayeva graduated from the Theatre and Fine Arts Institute in Almaty in 1992. Her educational background is in the Soviet Russian avant-garde school of Futurism, which is combined with a nomadic aesthetic of post-Soviet, contemporary Kazakhstan. Working across a range of media including painting, graphics, performance, video and installation, Menlibayeva employs a syncretic.
1980 // Yang Yongliang was born in Shanghai, China in 1980. He lives and works in Shanghai, China. Yang Yongliang studied traditional Chinese painting and calligraphy. Inspired by the ancestral culture, including the famous Shanshui traditional mountain landscapes, he uses photography and creates from scratch a new world of illusions, a vision between dream and nightmare, both futuristic and secular. Yang Yongliang’s work goes beyond the notion of pastiche. By its delicacy, its texture the artist makes a photographic shanshui..
1969 // Born in China, Alex Guofeng Cao immigrated with his family to the United States in the 1980s. After studying photography at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York, Cao continued to explore black and white photography, but with a more digitalized approach. Alex Guofeng Cao came to New York searching for his pursuit, came upon photography, which easily became his passion. Inspired by such masters as Irving Penn, Richard Avedon, Edward Weston, and Robert Mapplethorpe, Cao.
1962 & 1968 // The Gao Brothers are two Chinese brothers. The elder one Gao Qiang is born in 1962 whereas Gao Zhen is born in 1968. They grew up in Jinan, China and now work in Beijing. The Gao Brothers are committed artists. They had to grow up without their father’s presence during the Mao regime. Later on, they participated in the Tiananmen demonstrations, so their passports were taken away for several years. They took on a critical approach.