Yue Minjun

 Yue Minjun

Yue Minjun (b. 1962, Heilongjiang, China) has been quoted as saying, “I always found laughter irresistible.” Best known for his oil paintings depicting himself with his trademark smile, Yue is a leading figure in the Chinese contemporary art scene. He has exhibited widely and is recognized as one of the breakout stars of his generation. In his earlier work, surrealism had an especially strong influence on him. His self-portraits from the 1990s were the first to depict his easy, automatic smile, but the figures’ warmth masked underlying emotions. Yue has also been continuing his Landscape with No One series in which he removes figures from historical Chinese socialist paintings and well-known Western paintings. He states, “Those typical socialist paintings in China looked very realistic but were indeed surreal. They served for heroic fantasies, and the images of great people or the heroes in the paintings could well justify the fabricated scenes.”

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, 2010. oil on canvas, 150 x 200cm.
Maze-Chen Shizeng, 2010. oil on canvas, 150 x 200cm.
, 2009. Oil on Canvas, 200cm.
The Crowning with Thorns, 2009. Oil on Canvas, 200cm.
, 2009. Oil on Canvas, 450cm × 300 cm.
The Deposition from the Cross, 2009. Oil on Canvas, 450cm × 300 cm.
, 2009. Oil on Canvas, 250cm × 380 cm.
The Annunciation, 2009. Oil on Canvas, 250cm × 380 cm.
, 2010. Oil on Canvas, 390cm × 330 cm.
The Resurrection, 2010. Oil on Canvas, 390cm × 330 cm.
, 2010. Oil on Canvas, 450cm × 300 cm.
The Baptism of Christ, 2010. Oil on Canvas, 450cm × 300 cm.
,  2010. Oil on Canvas, 380cm × 300 cm.
The Entombment, 2010. Oil on Canvas, 380cm × 300 cm.

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Maze-Chen Shizeng , 2010. oil on canvas, 150 x 200cm.