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Artist of the moment….Cai Guo- Qiang

Cai Guo Qiang is one of the most famous Chinese artists known for his abstraction and performance art.  Cai Guo- Qiang was born in Quanzhou City, China in 1957. His performance art is what attracts me most of his art, he uses gunpowder to create spectacular explosions in the sky. He sells tickets to the event and people gladly take pictures and cell phone videos to mark the event.

His father was an artist and enjoyed painting and calligraphy. His father worked at a bookstore so the artist was exposed to Western and Eastern ideas of art from an early age.

For his artistic education Cai Guo-Qiang attended the Shanhai Theater Academy where he studied stage design.

The artist has been listening to sounds of gunpowder and gunshots his entire life. He even participated in some cultural uprising and explosions and violence was common. Its great to see the explosions and gunpowder now bringing people together!

Acted in two martial arts movies.

Much of his work involves gunpowder. In the gallery above the 5th picture down from the top, what might look like a trail of a snake or eel is actually what is remaining after Cai laid a trail of gunpowder and lit it off.

Price range information:  The artist has completed works in wood, ink, oils. He is right up there with Ai WeiWei for sought after Chinese artists with works ranging from $25,000 to over one million dollars.

In this clip from the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, we visit one of Cai’s spectacular gunpowder shows!

And this great clip is a career retrospective titled I Want to Believe. The show was held at the Guggenheim in Bilbao, Spain.

In this clip we watch as the artist blows up a 40 foot tall pine tree.

The artist lives and works out of New York City. As you can tell his art is a fixture at many museums featuring contemporary art.

What a fantastic use for gunpowder, ART !

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