25 Contemporary Chinese Artists You Need to Know

Liu Xiaodong

Medium: Painting

Based in: Beijing

In a scars-and-all realist style, Liu paints the faces and places effected by rapid modernization across China. Unlike many of his peers, who represent their own urban environments, Liu gravitates toward smaller, former-industrial towns to find his subjects. He often paints from life, resulting in pictures that are sometimes gritty or uncomfortable, but also earnest and direct.

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