Yue Minjun (Chinese: 岳敏君; born 1962) is a contemporary Chinese artist based in Beijing, China. He is best known for oil paintings depicting himself in various settings, frozen in laughter. He has also reproduced this signature image in sculpture, watercolour and prints. While Yue is often classified as part of the Chinese “Cynical Realist” movement in art developed in China since 1989, Yue himself rejects this label, while at the same time “doesn’t concern himself about what people call him.”

probably my favorite Yue Minjun; its dynamic composition effortlessly combines absurdity with simplicity: it has just the right proportion of vivid color to neutral hues; first you are drawn into the central focus point, that clown grin from where your gaze moves upwards into the clouds and then falls slowly down towards the vanishing point, your eye coming to rest on a pink foot framed by thickly contoured shadow. steeped in surrealist motifs such as the Magritte-like cloudscape and decapitated lunatic, holding his own head with a farcical, deranged, yet amusing (and infectious) smile.