Yue Minjun is a contemporary Chinese artist based in Beijing, China. He is best known for oil paintings depicting himself in various settings, frozen in laughter. These images have become a sort of logo that can be attached to any setting to add value. He has also reproduced this signature image in sculpture, watercolor 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". To help understand where Cynical Realism Movement comes from it is helpful to understand that he was born in 1962 to the Mao's People's Republic of China, a dismal one party state struggling to escape the problems of underdevelopement via the brutality of forced industrialization---a reality Yue would have faced directly, as his father worked in the oil fields of northeast China.
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