Min Yiyao


About The Artist

Born in Xi'an, Shanxi Province and graduating from Xi'an Fine Art Academy. Min Yiyao's figurative works have been featured in major exhibitions in China, with solo and group exhibitions spanning Beijing, Xiamen, Shanghai, Nanjing, Taipei, Belgium, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and Singapore. In Min's works, the language of the technique draws the viewer in rather than the image itself.  He alludes to fauvist influences and a tinge of surrealism. The artist fascinates the viewer with a reversal of the norms expected of a portraiture piece. 

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That the technique serves as the primary focus is intriguing. It is not to say that the arresting images on Min's canvas are any less impressive. However, it questions whether this is a deliberate attempt by the artist to employ a different language of artistic communication. With seemingly wild brushstrokes, he manages to capture light and depth. The random play of his strokes on canvas unwittingly form an image that prior thought did not define. He limits himself to a palette of colours that are faded and not easy to define.

Indeed, Min's works are fascinating because the viewer experiences a reversal of the norms are expected of a portraiture piece. Instantly, the quality of distance is one that is experienced. The figures seem to be looking into mirrors in self-reflective gazes, pondering over a perennial dilemma of existentialism. They have enclosed themselves within their own mirrored images with a ceaseless resonance of a single thought that does not transmit to the viewer. It is this deliberate disengagement that forces the viewer to crave for another mode of interaction with the art. And it is this self-inclusiveness of Min's art that makes his work provocative to the eye.



Taipei International Art Exposition, Taiwan
Shoreman Art International, Neijing, China

Art Beijing 2006, Beijing, China    
"Unreal East", Belgium
"Dialogue - China" United Kingdom    
"Deep-In-Space - Contemporary Art", Beijing, China
"Deep-In-Space", Xiamen, China

"Irrationality", Contemporary Art Exposition, Xiamen, China

"Eclecticism", Shanghai, China

"Images Coordinates", Xi'An, China        
Rafts of Medusa, Vancouver, Canada

"Close To You And Me", Xi'An, China        
"Exchange Sights", Australia

"Excursion Focus", Xi'An, China


Various Artists
Figures of Speech

Fear, fury, agony, love and joy are all subconsciously conveyed through a chorus of postures, gestures, behavior and facial expressions all interdependent and coming together at once to create a silent orchestra of speech.
Min Yiyao, Dou Rong Jun, Zhang Yexing
Mimesis - Figurative Art

Exploring the mystery of the instinctive through the human form

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