Yue Minjun is a Chinese artist who has been working in China. He creates oil paintings of himself frozen mid-laughter in different places. He has been described as a part if the Chinese “Cynical Realist ” movement even though he rejects the label. He was inspired by the work of Geng Jianyi that he was in the “China/Avant Garde” show in Beijing. Soon after that in the early 1990s he was part of an artist community at Yuan Ming Yuan, on the out skirts of Beijing. Artist from all over China, because of the cheap rent, built up the community from local farmers and it was far away from authorities that might censor the artists. However as the reputation of Yuan Ming Yuan became more known the authorities broke up the community. He moved to another outlaying area, Tongxian, with about 50 other artists, with the money from their painting sales that they were able to afford cars and traveling. The police have left them by themselves for the most part. He has become very popular outside of China and has been featured in many art shows all over the world including5th Shanghai Biennale, Mahjon at Kunstmuseum Bern and Xianfeng! at Beelden aan Zee museum in the Netherlands. He is represented by Art Beatus in Vancouver and Chinese Contemporary in Beijing and London.