Shi Yong

He was born in 1963 in Shanghai, China, where he currently lives and works. A graduate of the Department of Fine Arts at the Light Industrial School, the artist has embraced modernization and the ideology of consumerism as the basis for the creation of his works and a self-image. His art is mainly expressed through the use of photography, performance, and, recently, with large-scale installations. The Made in China – Welcome to China series (1999) consists of hand-painted plaster models depicting a young businessman in the role of Mao wearing sunglasses and carrying a bag.  This image of the ideal citizen made by Yong was the result of a project circulated on the Internet, through which the artist asked for volunteers to vote on the ideal look of the ideal citizen. Yong has recently moved towards creating large-scale installations and architectural works that express the power of the absurd combined with the force of surprise and illusion. His most recent exhibitions have included: The Heaven, The World at the Maia Biennial (1999) and the Sao Paulo Biennial (2002); the Shanghai Biennial (2002); ShanghART & H-Space, Shanghai (2004); Follow Me, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo (2005); Second Guangzhou Triennial, Guangsong Museum of Art (2005); Zooming Into Focus, China International Art Museum, Beijing (2005); and Felicidad Indecible, Tamayo Museum of Contemporary Art, Nuevo Leon (2005).

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