Intense colors and eerily blurred motifs are just one of the styles mastered by Chinese artist Yang Shaobin. At the age of 29, the exceptional talent moved to the so-called "Artist Village" in Yuanmingyuan near Beijing. Since his European debut at the 1999 Venice Biennale, the 51-year-old representative of "Cynic Realism" has been one of the most interesting painters from Asia. Since then, his versatile work has dealt with traditional ink painting as well as with the hard life of Chinese miners.
Andrea Karg about the artist: “I first saw the works of Yang Shaobin at the Art Cologne art fair. One of the images on display was eerie and beautiful at the same time. It reminded me a bit of the works of Francis Bacon, only gory and all distorted. I really wanted to have that back then, but one of my sons said: If you buy this picture and hang it up, then I'll move out.' So we left it in Cologne, but I still love Shaobin's dark, fantastical worlds."