Ye Hongxing was born in 1972 and graduated from the Beijing Academy of Fine Arts in 1998. Since then, she has become one of China’s most significant contemporary artists. She has had two official exhibitions within China, the first in 2003 and the second one later in 2005; her pieces have been displayed all over China as well as in Venice in 2004.
In 2006 she was chosen for the Dragon Air Chinese Emerging Award as one of the most talented emerging painters in China.
Her speciality is to use some traditional Chinese elements and combine them with a more western-style of oil painting. Her self-portrait effectively displays this technique: traditional Chinese patterns, as well as a banknote design, are painted across her face, evoking images of a clash between traditional values and a drive towards prosperity.
Through her works, Ye Hongxing aims to portray the escalated consumption and spending habits of the modern-day Chinese. Luxury and aesthetics are becoming more and more important, as China makes the shift towards a more multi-cultural society, affected by vast economic growth. Ye Hongxing attempts to reconcile tradition and modernity through artistic interpretation.
Ye Hongxing’s works are interesting, evocative and have much to add to the world of art; they highlight cultural and societal issues while attempting to bridge the gap between the two contrasting sides of the globe.
Ye Hongxing's artworks are currently on display at Art+ Shanghai Gallery in her solo exhibition 'Common Wealth'.
PICTURES: YE HONGXING