Yan Pei-Ming

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Yan Pei-Ming ( Chinese 严培明 ; born December 1, 1960 in Shanghai ) is a Chinese painter.

Live and act

Yan Pei-Ming grew up in China during the Cultural Revolution (1966–1976). He started drawing and painting at the age of 13. Because of his talent, the school used him to paint propaganda pictures of Mao Zedong and the Red Guard . When he was 18 he wanted to attend the art academy in Shanghai, but was rejected because of his stuttering. In 1980 he went to his uncle in Paris, but was not accepted into the academy there either. His uncle then organized for him a job as a dishwasher in a restaurant in Dijon. He learned French during the day and worked in the evening. In 1982 he finally began his studies at the École des Beux-Arts in Dijon, which he graduated in 1987. Since that year Ming has been developing larger and large-format paintings with Mao motifs, which were shown in his first solo exhibition at the Center Pompidou in 1991 . Portraits of people from the lower classes and from the fringes of society soon followed: prisoners, prostitutes, homeless children. Since then, his subjects have been controversial social and geopolitical issues and he paints imaginary or real portraits of the dead or of people who have been marked by disasters. He often juxtaposes these with portraits of powerful people or celebrities: Pope, politicians, actors. The landscape theme is also important to him. For about 15 years, Yan Pei-Ming began to paint paraphrases based on masterpieces of art history: Goya , Leonardo , Velazquez . He lives and works in Dijon and Paris .

Yan Pei-Ming's works are primarily known for their usually unusually large format, as well as the color palette, which is limited to a few shades (black, gray, white, red) and the plasticity that is nonetheless preserved thanks to a virtuoso, impasto and sometimes spatula application of paint. Again and again he manages to politicize his portraits. First known through his pictures of Mao , he worked on the amalgamation of myth, politics and autobiography with pictures of Buddha and Bruce Lee and self-portraits. Most recently, his large-format portrait of Dominique de Villepin , the French Prime Minister, which was shown at the Triennale for French Art established by Villepin, made a name for itself.

Documentary film


  • 2004: Yan Pei-Ming: The way of the dragon , Galerie Anne de Villepoix, Paris
  • 2004–2005: Yan Pei-Ming: The way of the dragon , Kunsthalle Mannheim
  • 2013: Yan Pei-Ming: Help Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac , Paris Marais.
  • 2016: Upper Belvedere, Vienna.


Individual evidence

  1. ^ Atelier talk Yan Pei-Ming with Rolf Lauter, in: Rolf Lauter (Ed.), Fabian Stech: Yan Pei-Ming: the way of the dragon , Kunsthalle Mannheim, November 6, 2004 - May 1, 2005, Kehrer, Heidelberg 2005 , ISBN 3-936636-57-5 .
  2. ^ Rolf Lauter: Yan Pei-Ming '. WorldCat.org, 2005, accessed February 11, 2020 .
  3. Yan Pei-Ming | Domaine de Chaumont-sur-Loire. Retrieved February 11, 2020 .
  4. Pei-Ming, Yan - Execution, Apres Goya 2008 - with reference to death. Retrieved February 11, 2020 (American English).
  5. Yan Pei-Ming | Louvre Museum | Paris. Retrieved February 11, 2020 .
  6. ^ L'agora des arts - Expo à Paris - Yan Pei-Ming. Dating. Retrieved February 11, 2020 .
  7. http://www.sothebys.com/en/auctions/ecatalogue/2017/contemporary-art-day-auction-l17021/lot.273.html
  8. ^ YAN PEI-MING (Chinese, B. 1960), Bruce Lee - Fighting Spirit. Retrieved February 11, 2020 .