Chemical Happiness

Tony Cheung2018

Outdoor Project

Outdoor Project
Rome, Italy

Through his drawings this artist gives voice to his thought, becoming a reflective eye on today’s China, a vast country that in the past two decades has almost lost its cultural heritage in favor of a violent industrialization. Not defining himself as an agent of change but just a curious observer, Cheung, through the rediscovery of the traditional Chinese illustration, as well as the Japanese manga and Pop Art – along with other elements more related to his imaginary source – makes his work extremely ironic and symbolic. A research on the contemporary themes of sexuality, alienation and violence produced by the profound transformations derived from the turbocapitalist turn of his nation. “Chemical Happiness represents my doubt, my disquietude and my caution towards this society, where everyone smile, have fun and make-believe, while keeping silent and blinded. It seems that no one notices how much this happiness is false and harmful, or maybe people just pretend not to notice it”.


  • Title: Chemical Happiness
  • Creator: Tony Cheung
  • Creator Nationality: Cina
  • Creator Gender: male
  • Creator Birth Place: Cina
  • Date: 2018
  • Location Created: Piazza Orazio Giustiniani, 4, 00153 Roma RM
  • Productions: Outdoor - Heritage
  • Photographer's name: Alberto Blasetti
  • Bio: Tony Cheung vive e lavora in Cina. Il suo lavoro si concentra sulle infinite contraddizioni che convivono nella sua nazione. Le sue illustrazioni sono caratterizzate da tinte forti, con le quali reinterpreta alcuni dei personaggi e aspetti tipici della società cinese. Nei suoi lavori fonde erotismo, sensualità e una forte vena satirica. Tra i protagonisti delle sue opere compaiono personaggi come Stalin, Mao o Marx: l’artista li trasforma, reinterpretandoli con ironia, utilizzando uno stile che mescola la cultura pop americana degli anni ‘50-’60, quella dei manga, fino a toccare l’arte classica giapponese. Una delle sue illustrazioni è protagonista della cover del singolo di Calcutta “Orgasmo”.
  • Type: mixed media
  • External Link: https://out-door.it/tony-cheung-chemical-happiness/

Get the app

Explore museums and play with Art Transfer, Pocket Galleries, Art Selfie, and more

Flash this QR Code to get the app
Google apps