Yang Shaobin, born in 1963 in the Hebei Province (China), is an internationally recognized painter known for his painful and often tortured subjects. Influenced by Francis Bacon and Arnulf Rainer, the artist creates images to elicit in the viewer discomfort of painful feeling to draw attention to social and political changes in China.
"I had no sense of security, but a lot of pressure. I felt life was hard and harmful. “Red Violence” was created based on this psychological element."
Yang Shaobin is renowned for his red-colored portraits, a colour that symbolizes human vitality. He gained worldwide attention with his Red Violence series, red-hued oil portraits that were exhibited at the Venice Biennale in 1999. His artworks are in important museums worldwide like Denver Art Museum, USA, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, USA, Cartier Foundation, France, Graz Museum, Austria, among others.