Zhang Yong 张勇
Zhang Yong was born in Shandong in 1986, he is a typical member of China’s “Post-80s” generation – those born and raised in the “reform and opening” years of the 1980s.
He works with popular culture subjects, questioning the new generation’s fundamental values. His most iconic series is tilted Hug Me –a teddy bear covered with golden spikes, representing the new generation’s struggle to fit in to the materialistic era.
He uses the most traditional plating method with 18k gold leaf in his art making. Zhang graduated from Central Academy of Fine Arts with a master degree in sculpting, he now lives in Beijing.