Born December 8, 1957, in Quanzhou, Fujian, China, Cai Guo–Qiang is an international art sensation who rose from the ashes of the 1970’s Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution. He’s credited with exposing the world to Chinese art’s contemporary dialogues. Cai is a performance artist, installation artist, and Chinese painter all rolled into one.
Cai Guo-Qiang is best known for using striking mediums like fireworks and gunpowder to incorporate tension, wow, and spectacular performance into his art-making process. In his work, he uses destruction to bring out the beauty in nature.