Yue Minjun is a contemporary Chinese artist known for his self-portraiture. Critics have labeled his practice as part of the Cynical Realism movement in China, alongside artists Fang Lijun and Liu Wei, though this is a label which he refutes. Often depicting laughter in a variety of multiplicitous poses or landscapes, Yue’s Pop aesthetics influenced by Surrealism in their use of bright colors and bizarre, dream-like imagery. He offers his works as a form of social and political critique, confronting Chinese history while conversing with the Western canon. “I always found laughter irresistible,” the artist has said of his signature smiling figures. Born in 1962 in Daqing City, Heilongjiang Province, China, Yue studied art at Hebei Normal University in the 1980s and is a painter, sculptor, and printmaker. Yue currently lives and works in Beijing, China.