Yu Youhan, Chinese (1943 - )

Yu Youhan

Yu Youhan (1943 Shanghai) is a key figure in the Political Pop movement. His influence on Chinese avant-garde art has been felt since the mid-1980s when he was a major figure in the Shanghai Minimalist movement. He began his Mao series in 1989. The series consists of portrait-like depictions of Mao's everyday life.

But in Yu's colored, floral-strewn portraits, Mao's principles of "art for the purpose of political instruction" and "art for the pleasure of the masses, " set forth in his Yan'an talks on literature and art are given a new twist. Yu Youhan's images use foksy patterns and a whimsical composition like approach to art. He started his new “Yimengshan” and “Traditional Garden” series in recent years. Yu Youhan graduated from the Central Academy of Arts & Design in Beijing in 1973. He lives in Shanghai and teaches at the Shanghai Institute of Industrial Arts.


Solo Exhibitions

2008
New Abstract Paintings——Yu Youhan Solo Exhibition, Shanghai Art Fair, Outstanding Artists Section, Booth E21, Art Fairs ShanghaiMART

2007 Yu Youhan Mao - Shanghai Pop - Solo, ChinaToday Gallery, Brussels, Belgium

2006
"ShanghART Gallery artists group exhibition," ShanghART Gallery, Gallery

2004
Yu Youhan, Landscape of Yi Meng Shan Shanghart H-Space, Shanghai

1999
Ah! Us , SHANGHART

1998
Yu Youhan , Gallery Sonne, Berlin, Germany

1996
Yu Youhan, Maison de la Chine , Paris, France


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