You Si, ‘Alternate Cloudiness’, 2008, Shanghai Gallery of Art

About You Si

The son of painters famous for their Cultural Revolution political posters, You Si came of age as an artist in post-Mao China and New York City, producing paintings full of vibrancy, imagination, and freedom, in complete contrast to the circumscribed propaganda his parents were made to produce. Exploring every nuance and possibility of ink on paper, You experiments with eyedroppers and paintbrushes to create his large-scale, lushly detailed works. Whether monochromatic or full of color, not an inch of space is left unfilled in his compositions, which burst with abstract patterns, shapes, and forms that simultaneously recall psychedelic visions, dense jungle dreamscapes, and the cells, muscles, crevices, and organs inside the human body. You considers each of his works a “mental universe”—they reflect his own exuberant artistic and thought processes and lead viewers down imaginative paths of their own.

Chinese, b. 1954, Beijing, China, based in Shanghai, China

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