Liu Ye is a Beijing-based contemporary Chinese painter known for his bright-hued paintings of childlike female figures, his favourite cartoon character Miffy the bunny and works inspired by Piet Mondrian. Liu Ye is part of a generation of artists who grew up during the Cultural Revolution. His paintings are deceptively cheerful in their imagery and colours; beneath their childlike, almost cartoon-like simplicity, the works look critically at serious issues of globalisation, economic crisis, and a sense of innocence lost in Mao Zedong’s China. Liu was equally influenced by the propagandist art of the Cultural Revolution and his father’s illustrations for children’s books, which were ultimately censored and considered a forbidden practice. Liu finally draws inspiration from the fairy tales of Hans Christian Anderson.
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