25 Contemporary Chinese Artists You Need to Know

Joey Leung Ka-Yin

Medium: Illustration

Based in: Hong Kong

Graphic artist Joey Leung Ka-Yin uses a style that is somewhere between ink painting and cartooning to create charming, fantastical worlds. The soft colors and feminine characters are only sometimes as sweet as they first appear—malaise, anxiety, and cynicism are expressed in facial cues, scenery details, and texts that often accompany her pictures. A translation of the text on Under the Skin, above, reads, "Taking off my skin/ I can see my true self/ How can I compare with you?/ Honestly, we are actually the same without the skin/ Why we bother to compare?"

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