In the 80's, surrounded by glitz, glam and pop, America welcomed amongst many a young teen. Alex Guofeng Cao arrived with his family from China like so many before him in New York City. Cao, an "X" er with a distinguished and developing passion for how we look and see ourselves, set his studies on photography. Influenced by his new surroundings in New York, along with the imagery of Irving Penn, Mapplethorpe and other luminaries of the medium, Cao's commercial opportunities gave rise to his fine art. These have stemmed from Vogue to Maxim magazines eliciting further foundation for an explosive and thoughtfully compelling body of work.
In late 2009, Alex Guefeng Cao's Miami Art Basel debut garnered national media attention because of, amongst many reasons, his pixelated photograph series. Each paired "homage" with conceptual insight.
The pixelated collection reaches into the history of pop culture, politics and religion. As many great artist prior, the level of homage to influence - fine art's way of referencing the source - is the latch, the hook that Cao's work visually speaks. He draws on the great societies before our own, relying on "western antiquity" and "...the iconic and statuesque sculptures of the ancient Egypt, Greek and Roman eras." Like his subjects, the photographs remind us of the importance of the image and how it has been built. His detailed and deliberate process (an image within an image) is contrasted with the largest of scale.
Cao's choice of black and white photography is paired with his love for the mosaic process. Initially, all the color that was needed for his art were the various shades of grey, the digital stitching of black and white tiles. Each work emerges from a life of storied, colorful characters and messages that ultimately a collector sees and appreciates.
GALLERY M is proud to represent in Colorado as well as specialize online in the fine art, photography and sculpture of Alex G. Cao. Contact a consultant at 1.877.331.8401 or online for specific details including availability and pricing.