Born in Shanghai in 1960, the painter Yan Pei-Ming lives and works in Dijon. At the age of nineteen Yan Pei-Ming decided to go to France. After graduation from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Dijon, he quickly became noticed for his portraits. He was in residence at the Villa Medici, Académie de France in Rome, in 1993-1994. His participation to the 2003 Venice Biennale has brought him recognition on the international art scene. Six years later, the Louvre Museum invited him to a confrontation with the Mona Lisa by way of a series of paintings entitled Les Funérailles de Mona Lisa [The Funerals of Mona Lisa]. Yan Pei-Ming’s work has recently been exhibited in New York, Paris, London, Beijing, Malaga, Salzburg, Rome, Hong Kong and Vienna.
Venue: Qiao Space, Shanghai (2016)
Artist Statement: These pictures are from 2007, when I was preparing for my solo exhibition at Fondation Maeght, Saint-Paul-de-Vence. I used this studio from 1996 to 2012 before renovating it, and now it has somewhat lost the atmosphere it once had. I really miss that old feeling!
About Yan Pei-Ming
Fusing the Western tradition of portrait painting with China’s cultural history, Yan Pei-Ming creates large-scale works depicting real and imaginary people. Yan’s portraits, typically mono- or bi-chromatic, often verge on abstraction, with broad, patterned brushstrokes and drips of paint. He is perhaps best known for his monumental self-portraits, including Double (Selfportrait at the Morgue) (2006), a watercolor of the artist as a dead man, as well as his eight-foot-tall portraits of Mao Zedong, Bruce Lee, and his father.
Chinese, b. 1960, Shanghai, China