Since the late 1990's Chinese artist Yang Shaobin has been creating painting, videos and art installation of disfigured and haunting human forms that express his inner anguish with the effects of political, social and economic pressures on an individual's life. Yang's earlier monochromatic works centered around emotional unease and the anxieties that are brought on by social cataclysm. Yang's painting are almost grotesque in appearance. Each piece is confronting and creates a sense of consciousness in his viewer. His use of red is a symbol for human life, capitalist greed and cultural revolution.
Life and Art
Yang Shaobin was born in 1963 in Tangshan, Hebei Province. In the early 90's Yang made the move to Beijing and became a member of an avant-garde art group. From then on Yang became a world renown artist for his tortured depictions of human figures and the social consciousness they bring. Yang has been heavily exhibited around the world, notably his work was included in the 1999 48th Venice Biennale.