Pei-Ming Yan (b.1960, China)

Born in Shanghai in 1960, Yan Pei-Ming lives and works in Dijon (France) since the early 1980s. Child during the Cultural Revolution, he became as a teenager a talented propaganda painter representing notably Chairman Mao
Among the first Chinese artists who settled abroad and built their career internationally, Yan Pei-Ming has always been interested in the concepts of individuality and anonymity. His interest in the construction of identity through portraiture has led him to subjects that range widely from portraits of Buddha, Mao and Bruce Lee to anonymous children, prisoners, soldiers, serial killers and the artist himself.

The artist has gained international recognition for his large-size, bi-chromatic oil paintings, where the use of large brushstrokes combine to create monumental and psychologically-charged artworks which are abstract when viewed close up, but become figurative from a distance.

Over the past decade, Yan Pei-Ming has had solo exhibitions at the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing; Musée du Louvre, Paris; San Francisco Art Institute (all 2009); Musée d'art moderne de Saint-Étienne Métropole, Saint- Étienne, France (2006); Shanghai Art Museum; Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou, China (both 2005); Kunsthalle Mannheim, Germany (2004); Musée des Beaux-Arts, Dijon, France; Musée des Beaux-Arts et d’Archéologie, Besançon, France; and the Musée d’Art et d’Histoire, Geneva (all 2003).Work by the artist is represented in museum collections worldwide, including the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; Kunsthalle Mannheim, Germany; Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris; Musée des Beaux-Arts, Dijon, France; Museum Ludwig, Cologne; National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo; and the Shanghai Art Museum.
(Massimo de Carlo Gallery)

Yan, Pei-Ming b.1960

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