Zhang Huan is internationally one of the most famous contemporary Chinese artists, with a remarkably variety of work, in which usually he himself is in the center of his performances. In the nineties Zhang Huan was among the group of radical avant-garde artists who broke through. Artists like Zhang Huan lived and worked as cheaply as possible to be inspired, listening to Buddhist Temple Music and rock of Cui Jian and Kurt Cobain.
From 1992 Zhang Huan lived and worked in Beijing, where he started working with his skin as an artistic medium. He observed that his skin wasn’t only available but was above all free, so ideal in times when he had virtually no money to buy any materials. Finally in 1998 he moved to New York, where he internationally began to rise to fame, with performances in many cities around the world.