Dark comic style portraits by Chinese artist

Wang Yuping – Taoist Priest No.06, 2007, oil painting and acrylic, 190x150cm
Wang Yuping – Taoist Priest No.06, 2007, oil painting and acrylic, 190x150cm

Wang Yuping (b.1962, Beijing) is known for his gritty, comic book style portraits of urban life in China. His paintings are playful, feature rough, tough or absurd Beijing characters and seem to spy on life in the inner city as a kind of Wang Shuo of the art’s world. By placing us in intimate spaces with arresting, descriptive personal images, Wang Yuping continues his exploration of urban culture and social change.

He entered the Central Academy of Arts and Design in Beijing, China in 1983. Since he graduated in 1989, he has been teaching in the Oil Painting Department of CAFA. In 1997, he participated in the 47th Venice Biennial. His works have exhibited in various notable exhibitions in China and abroad and have been collected by the National Art Museum of China.

Wang Yuping - Eleven Face Guan Yin (the upper part), 2010, oil painting and acrylic, 240x190cm
Wang Yuping – Eleven Face Guan Yin (the upper part), 2010, oil painting and acrylic, 240x190cm

Wang Yuping - Dutar, 2009, oil painting and acrylic, 190x160cm
Wang Yuping – Dutar, 2009, oil painting and acrylic, 190x160cm

Wang Yuping - Eleven Face Guan Yin (the lower part), 2010, oil painting and acrylic, 240x190cm
Wang Yuping – Eleven Face Guan Yin (the lower part), 2010, oil painting and acrylic, 240x190cm

Wang Yuping - Father and Son, 2010, oil painting and acrylic, 200x160cm
Wang Yuping – Father and Son, 2010, oil painting and acrylic, 200x160cm

Wang Yuping - Master Wu, 2010, oil and acrylic on canvas, 200x160cm
Wang Yuping – Master Wu, 2010, oil and acrylic on canvas, 200x160cm

Wang Yuping - Monopolized Marriage, 2009, oil painting and acrylic, 200x230cm
Wang Yuping – Monopolized Marriage, 2009, oil painting and acrylic, 200x230cm

Wang Yuping - Taoist Priest No.02, 2007, oil painting and acrylic, 150x120cm
Wang Yuping – Taoist Priest No.02, 2007, oil painting and acrylic, 150x120cm

Wang Yuping, Taoist Priest No.03, 2005, oil painting and acrylic, 150x120cm
Wang Yuping, Taoist Priest No.03, 2005, oil painting and acrylic, 150x120cm

Wang Yuping - Taoist Priest No.05, 2007, oil painting and acrylic, 150x120cm
Wang Yuping – Taoist Priest No.05, 2007, oil painting and acrylic, 150x120cm

Wang Yuping - Taoist Priest No.05, 2007, oil painting and acrylic, 190x150cm
Wang Yuping – Taoist Priest No.05, 2007, oil painting and acrylic, 190x150cm

Wang Yuping - Buddha's Warrior Attendant Ha (Upper), 2011, acrylic on canvas, 190x240cm
Wang Yuping – Buddha's Warrior Attendant Ha (Upper), 2011, acrylic on canvas, 190x240cm

Wang Yuping - Life long Company, 2011, acrylic on canvas, 230x190cm
Wang Yuping – Life long Company, 2011, acrylic on canvas, 230x190cm

Wang Yuping - What a Lovely Bird, 2006, oil on canvas, 120x150cm
Wang Yuping – What a Lovely Bird, 2006, oil on canvas, 120x150cm

 

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