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