Shaobin Yang is active/lives in China. Shaobin Yang is known for painting.
Biography from Christie's Hong Kong
Shaobin is considered one of the great "Cynical Realist" painters
alongside Yue Minjun, Fang Lijun, and Liu Wei, that emerged from
Beijing's art scene in the 1990s. He captures the psychic mood of his
time and his city, passing from the post-Tiananmen tragedy through a
period of rapid urbanization and commercialization.
Biography from Kingsley Art Auction
Having spent his
childhood in a mining area in Hebei, and a period of time as a
policeman, the emotional experience of regularly witnessing scenes of
street violence made him sensitive to issues of pain, violence and
conflict, and fueled his long-standing interest in violence as a core
aspect not only of human nature but of social interaction.
Broad Sky displays Yang's penchant for expressive
exaggeration, while remaining grounded with naturalistic representation.
A policeman is clutching a man's face against a backdrop of
the sky and a launching spaceship. The mood is explosive, violent
and energetic. The imagery is not to be misconstrued as an endorsement
of violence or nihilism, however, it carries the weight of the timeless
theme of competition and survival, a fundamental battle between man and
man, or man and circumstance. Such themes, existing across many genres
of contemporary visual art forms, are only a manifestation of this
ineluctable reality of human existence.
The work also demonstrates
Yang's transition between his early Police Series into his later famed
Red Violence paintings. Yang's employment of an increasingly
expressionistic treatment of the surface and hue of human flesh in
distress foreshadows his imminent shift into the drama and cruelty of
his later Red Violence Series. Broad Sky is therefore an extraordinary
painting, highlighting Yang's evolution as a painter.
Born in Hebei, China in 1963. Graduated from Qingdao College, Hebei
United University in 1983 and was relocated to Beijing's Yuangmingyuan
artist village in 1991. In 1995, he settled down in Beijing's Tongzhou
Village. Yang Shao-Bin held a solo and joint exhibition; his paintings
were exhibited in different countries at museums and galleries. His
paintings were also collected in San Francisco's contemporary art
museum, Milan's contemporary art center, Austria's Graz Museum,
Germany's SAF museum and France's Tia foundation.
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