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b. 1968, China

Mao Yan Biography

Mao Yan (b.1968, Hunan Province, China) is considered as one of China's outstanding contemporary portrait artists. Under his father's influence, Mao Yan began studying painting at an early age. By the time he was a teenager he had already mastered advanced techniques, and his talent was recognized even before he was admitted to the Central Academy of Fine Arts. In 1991, after graduating from the Oil Painting Department at the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing, Mao Yan began teaching at Nanjing University of the Arts, where he began to delve into portraiture. In his article Explorations in Realism, renowned art critic Li Xianting named Mao Yan as the representative of Chinese Neo-realism, stating that his works depict the 'portraits of a generation whose emotions are gradually disappearing.'

Mao Yan Featured Artworks

Oval Portrait of Thomas No. 2 by Mao Yan contemporary artwork
Mao YanOval Portrait of Thomas No. 2, 2013Oil on canvas
110 x 75 cm
Pace Gallery
Fragments of Portrait No. 1 by Mao Yan contemporary artwork
Mao YanFragments of Portrait No. 1, 2018Oil on canvas
75 x 55 cm
Pace Gallery
Cat by Mao Yan contemporary artwork
Mao YanCat, 2012Oil on canvas
100 x 150 cm
Lin & Lin Gallery Enquire about this work

Mao Yan Recent Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Zhang Xiaogang, Mao Yan, Qiu Xiaofei at Pace Gallery, Hong Kong
Closed
22 November–21 December 2019 Group Exhibition Zhang Xiaogang, Mao Yan, Qiu Xiaofei Pace Gallery, Hong Kong
Contemporary art exhibition, Mao Yan, By The Edge at Pace Gallery, Hong Kong
Closed
8 June–12 July 2018 Mao Yan By The Edge Pace Gallery, Hong Kong

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