Yue Minjun staring and sitting

Yue Minjun

Pushing the limits of satire in portraits laden with stark social commentary.

“I always found laughter irresistible.”

Yue Minjun is famous for his portraits of cackling figures that reference archetypes of the laughing Buddha and the devil. Having sold upwards of 3.7 million USD, Yue is one of China’s most expensive living artists. Although Yue is predominantly a painter, he also works across sculpture and printmaking. In his work, garish pink figures wear symbolic costumes and often appear in large groups like a...

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Yue Minjun was born in 1962 in Daqing, China and now lives and works in Beijing.

At Auction

Massacre of Chios was purchased for $4 million USD at Sotheby’s, Hong Kong in 2007. Execution sold for $3.7 million at Sotheby’s, London in the same year.


Work featured in collections worldwide including Denver Art Museum, Shenzhen Art Museum and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

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Collaborations with Yue Minjun

Avant Arte and Yue Minjun have one upcoming collaboration.