Ye Yongqing is among the most prominent artists in China’s booming contemporary-art scene.
The art of Ye Yongqing is almost like a document of China’s artistic ascendancy in the decades after the Cultural Revolution. In his collages, paintings, and ink drawings, the artist blends the traditions of China and the colorism of Western modernism into a deeply personal style that has made him one of the most respected names in China’s contemporary art boom.
Born in a remote part of China’s southwestern Yunnan province, Ye is part of the first generation of Chinese artists to be exposed to Western modernism, one of many influences that he has brought together to create his unique style. As a young man, he studied painting from books and learned from the decorative styles of the older artists of the region. In 1978, he became part of the second class after the Cultural Revolution to be admitted to the Sichuan Fine Arts Institute, where he’s now a professor