Artist – Feng Mengbo

Feng Mengbo
‘Street Fighter IV’,
oil on canvas, 150cm x 200cm,

Born Beijing, China, 1966. Lives and works in Beijing

Meng Bo, ‘Game Over: Taking Tiger Mountain by Storm’ 1994 (2)

“…I’d rather be considered a game artist than a Political Pop artist…This doesn’t mean that I don’t care about history, simply that I can’t be responsible for it.” Feng Mengbo

Feng Mengbo is an artist with an international reputation. He arose out of a ‘Political Pop’ movement in China, during the late 80’s and early 90’s, when many artists were using deconstructive techniques and Western iconography to comment on contemporary China.

Although he considers himself more game artist his work has never been exhibited in China because of his connection with Political Pop. Nevertheless he continues to live and work in Beijing.

You can see more of Feng Mengbo’s work, and even email him at his website:

Feng Mengbo is a young Chinese artist whose work uses the the styles and structures of contemporary electronic games. He combines this with cultural influences of China, from traditional opera legends to more recent stories from the Cultural Revolution and Hong Kong action cinema. The icons from Mao Zedong’s Cultural Revolution and those of Hong Kong cinema both use a romantic, heroic style to tell moral or political tales.

Mengbo has worked in paint, video and more recently digital media, to produce narrative pieces, full of computer game images, mixed with symbols from communist China. His ‘Streetfighter’ painting series (see below) features a revolutionary soldier, in Red Guard uniform, in conflict with a series of computer assasins and monsters. His weapons range from ninja stars to crushed Coca Cola cans.

Feng Mengbo (1966 Beijing) is one of the country’s best-known new media artists. After studying design and then print-making at the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing under Xu Bing, Feng began using computers and video game concepts to create new forms of art. For instance, in the early 1990’s he painted pixilated portraits of Mao that appeared to be video game characters. His “Streetfighter” series of oil paintings was named after a popular computer game but featured Red Guards attacking assassins and monsters. Feng also produced animated films based on violent picture books that he had seen as a youth growing up during the Cultural Revolution. Many of his works explore the connections between the violent tales children of his generation were exposed to with the violent images young people can now find in video games and on the internet. Feng also takes photographs and was one of the first Chinese artists to participate in Documenta. He lives and works in Beijing.

Solo Exhibitions:

Wrong Code:Shan Shui,Hanart T Z Gallery,Hong Kong

Built to Order, Hanart T Z Gallery, Hong Kong

Q4U, The New England Institute of Art, Boston

Q3D Feng Mengbo – Video and Oil Paintings, Hanart TZ Gallery, Hong Kong

Q4U 2003: The Two-dimensional Works, ShanghART Gallery,Shanghai
Past Virtualized – Future Cloned: Feng Mengbo 1994-2003, MOCA Museum, Taipei

Q4U, The Renaissance Society, Chicago, USA

Feng Mengbo: Phantom Tales, Dia Center for the Arts, New York
Paintings by Feng Mengbo, Hanart TZ Gallery, Hong Kong

Feng Mengbo, Holly Solomon Gallery, New York, USA
Feng Mengbo: Video Games, Haggerty Museum, Milwaukee, USA

Game Over: Long March, Hanart TZ Gallery, Hong Kong

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