A collection of texts and interviews around the artist's work.
Published for the exhibition Yan Pei-Ming - Exécution at Musée d'Art Moderne de Saint-Étienne, March - April 2006.
Texts and interviews by Lóránd Hegyi, Seung-duk Kim & Franck Gautherot, Xavier Douroux,
Astrid Gagnard, Fabian Stech, François Quintin, Bernard Marcadé, Hou Hanru, Claude Hudelot, Eric Troncy, François Barré, Joseph Dutertre, Laurent Salomé, Christian Besson, Olivier Kaeppelin, Pascal Pique, Alain Coulange, Ponthus Hulten, Michel Enrici, Florens Deuchler, Marie Lapalus, Valérie Dupont, Claude Allemand-Cosneau & Hans Ulrich Obrist, Eric Colliard, Marie-France Vo-Thi-Anh...
Yan Pei-Ming (born 1960 in Shanghai) is a Franco-Chinese painter based in Dijon, France. He is best known for his immense, and almost exclusively monochrome, portraits that draw upon Chinese cultural history and Western portraiture tradition. Some of his most acclaimed portraits depict the figures of Mao Zedong, Bruce Lee and Barack Obama. Alongside and against these public figures, Pei-Mings' portraits extend to those of his father as well as himself.
At the age of 19, Yan Pei-Ming decided to move to France where he enrolled in the prestigious École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, Dijon. In 1986 he graduated, achieving rapid success with his expressive, portrait-dominated œuvre. His paintings are executed with energy and imagination, consisting of expressive brushstrokes and a predominantly monochrome palette with an occasional appearance of dark red.
In 2003, he gained international recognition at the Venice Biennale. Six years later, his work was acquisitioned by the Louvre where he exhibiteda collection of portraits that sought to convey his personal perspective on Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa.