In the oil paintings of Wang Xiaobo, the human form confronts the viewer. While his early paintings of robust nudes in awkward poses call to mind Lucien Freud, it is interpersonal relationships that have taken center stage in his more recent works. These paintings, called the “World of Duos” series, are both intimate and clinical, as seminude couples stare out from the canvas, their bodies exposed but their faces cut off. As a series, the works explore the continuity of relationships throughout time, while serving as a vehicle to explore the artist’s own inner world. “In the process of searching vulnerability and sensitivity within me, I created each piece with my perception of life,” Wang has said.