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Shaobin Yang

 (born 1963)
Shaobin Yang is active/lives in China.  Shaobin Yang is known for painting.

Shaobin Yang

Biography from Christie's Hong Kong

Yang 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. 

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.

Biography from Kingsley Art Auction
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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About  Shaobin Yang

Born:  1963 - Hebei Province, China
Known for:  painting