Wang Guangyi, a native of Harbin, Heilongjiang Province, was born in 1957. He graduated from the Zhejiang Academy of Fine Arts (NZAFA) in 1984 and was active during the Shanghai Modern Movement of the 80s where he was regarded as the political pop icon of the late 1980s. He also participated in the China Avant-Garde Exhibition in 1989. As politically and socially engaging Wang’s painting are, he continues to evoke the message of materiality inducing apathy of the people in China as well as the world. He is one of the most well known contemporary Chinese artist and now resides in Beijing.