Yue Minjun

Medium: Painting, Sculpture, Installation

Based in: Beijing

Since the 1990s, Yue's laughing face has perhaps become the most recognizable emblem of contemporary Chinese art. The iconic character refers to traditional images of the Laughing Buddha and the heroic proletariats of Maoist propaganda, as well as a Western stereotype of the laughing Chinaman. Bright and outlandish, his paintings and sculptures feature clones of the same beaming figure in any number of geometric configurations, invented surrealist scenarios, or art historical allusions. It is nearly impossible not to laugh along with him.