YANG Shaobin
(b. 1963, China)
YANG Shaobin is part of the first generation of Chinese modern artists and is often ranked amongst the most prestigious in the country. He is a visionary painter and sculptor best known for his abstract portraiture depicting ghoulish figures.

Yang’s works advocate cynicism and realism that emerged in the wake of the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre. His early work of the 1990s predominantly depicted men clad in uniform fighting with one another. This narrative later shifted, as well as his artistic process which consisted of loose brushstrokes and surrealist imagery. These more recent works comment on the sociopolitical changes of China; his subject matter ranges from resistance of government authority to life in the lower classes, particularly those of coal mining communities, that recalls the folk art of East Asia. In Yang’s works, we can locate suffering and fear, earning Yang the humorous title of the Francis Bacon of China.

Yang Shaobin was born in China in 1963. He graduated from Hebei Polytechnical University in 1983. Yang has held solo exhibitions and has participated in group exhibitions since 1991, including renowned galleries and museums such as the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Arken Museum of Modern Art (Copenhagen, Denmark), Houston Museum of Fine Art (Houston, TX, USA), Museum of Contemporary Art (Shanghai), Alexander Ochs Gallery (Berlin), and the Kunstmuseum (Bern, Switzerland). His works are held in the collections of the Guangdong Museum (Guangzhou, China), the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Dongyu Museum of Fine Art (Shenyang, China) amongst others. Yang currently lives and works in Beijing.

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