Born in China in 1984, the iconic year when the country officially opened its doors to the west, Mu Lei represents a generation growing up under the ever-increased influence of western consumerism yet without the emotional trauma suffered by prior generations. His artistic approach stands out as a departure from the cultural attitude of his predecessors in prior art movements.
As one of the youngest artists to exhibit at the prestigious Venice Biennale in 2011, Mu captures the pulse of “his” new China with the visual symbols that resonate with the new generations across the world who relate to a similar cultural experience shared through the global media and the internet. His “anime pop” style embodies the essence of contemporary Chinese youth culture meets consumerist allure that has been transforming the country for nearly three decades.
Mu Lei was born in Jiang Su, China and earned his Bachelor of Arts from Sichuan Institute of Fine Art in 2007. His work has been exhibited in museum shows around the world including “Future Pass,” Abbazio di San Gregorio and Palazzo Mangili-Valmarana, Venice, Italy; National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Taichung, Taiwan; Today Art Museum, Beijing, China.