Zhang Peng


Zhang was born in Shandong, China. He graduated from Wu Zuo Ren Art Secondary School in Beijing in 2001, and from the Central Academy of Fine Art in Beijing in 2005. He has a background in painting but has increasingly embraced photography. His work centres on images of young girls in deceptively innocent settings. All of the young girls in Zhang Peng's artworks are delicate and helpless. Their big, sad eyes are filled with tears and seem to appeal to the viewer. His intentions are to create a visual contradiction that represents the current problems in China due to the ever-growing modernization. 

One of those problems is the gross overpopulation of the country. Because of the one-child policy, families are being selective about the gender of their babies. Boys have traditionally been more desired. Because of this, China now has the greatest difference in sex ratio, with males outnumbering females by 35 million. Zhang Peng's image of girl dolls symbolizes the discrimination against young girls in China and the injustices they endure. Images of Peng's work have appeared in Newsweek, The New York Times online and have appeared on the covers of numerous art magazines. He has recently exhibited at the Museum Of Contemporary Art in Shanghai, the Chosun Ilbo Museum in Seoul, and is the youngest artist in the inaugural Chinese Contemporary exhibition of the new Saatchi Museum in London.

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