Yuan Xiaofang 袁晓舫
In 1986 Yuan Xiaofang graduated from the Hubei Institute of Fine Arts in Wuhan. In the early 1990s, he began to use pop art when he was working on his series Flying Pan. These paintings show bombers on orange or yellow skies flying above green mountains and waters. In the historical context, the green mountains and waters have become a sign of the Chinese, traditional culture. The bombers painted by Yuan Xiaofang are a symbol for the western, modern culture that is committing aggression and expansion to the Chinese tradition and culture. Glass flower in blossom is another famous series of the artist. The pinkish paintings show landscapes, bodies or commercial objects in a digital three dimentional, glossy optic. The painted objects and actors seem to be made of glass and therefore evoke a cold atmosphere. Yuan Xiaofang refers to the public view and ideology of fast capitalist consumption.