China Girl Red Lips, 2008 Oil on canvas 220 x 180.2cm
China Girl 5.21.2010, 2010 Graphite on paper 11 x 8.5in
China Girl, 2008 Watercolor on paper 43 x 31in
China Girl 2, 2009 Silkscreen in 104 colors 49 x 40.25in
QI ZHILONG 祁志龙
1962 born in China
Qi Zhilong is a prominent painter known for his political pop images, mostly of Chinese women during the Cultural Revolution. His consumer icon series helped him gain recognition and fame for his art internationally. His works are plain and realistic, at times sweet representations of pig-tailed women from the 1950s and 1960s, followed by brassy consumers in the 1970s and 1980s.
Qi Zhilong’s work gained international fame around 1994 with his Consumer Icons series, rendering a superficial and shallow pop culture, forecasting an onset of consumption in China. However, by 1995, Qi began work on a series with more depth - his portraits of beautiful young women in uniform.