“Every human being’s essential nature is perfect and faultless, but after years of immersion in the world we easily forget our roots and take on a counterfeit nature.” -Lao Tzu
Portraiture and figurative representation hold a special place in art with their ability to vividly portray the subjective consciousness of the artist and the zeitgeist. The artists in this section feature a broad range of styles and media, each demonstrating fresh ways of approaching the subject and embracing various levels of society. T'ing Yin-Yung, Li Shih Chiao, Ju Ming reveal the beauty of the body with simplified forms and colours. Chen Danqing and Wang Yidong share a similarity in their conception of human beauty, but depict their subject in a hyper-realistic style. Yang Shaobin and Liu Xiaodong’s figurations show their reflections on the rapid social change in China in the 1990s employing expressive brush strokes. I Nyoman Masriadi and Yoshitomo Nara’s paintings from the 2000s display a sense of humor and sarcasm through caricature-like figurative art.