Best in Class: Liu Ye

Liu Ye is one of my all-time favorite artists. Based in Beijing, his pieces are instantly recognizable. His work is at once both realistic and dreamlike. Initially, I was taken back by the characters in his paintings- Liu Ye has found the medium between realism and surrealism; his characters exude childlike naiveté but also a complacency thats hard to describe.

Catch Miffy in a number of his paintings, as well as work inspired by Mondrian; his inspiration is evident in many works, taking the forefront. His work draws inspiration from the kitschiness of propaganda art of post-revolution China, but rarely has a political message behind the piece.

Watch this interview with Nicole Schoeni of the Schoeni Gallery to learn more about him.