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Yin Xin is an independent painter and film-maker working in Paris. Born in Kashgar (Xinjiang, China) in 1959, he grew up in Chinese Turkestan, a territory regarded by Beijing as a negligible minority. His childhood was marked by the Cultural Revolution of 1966 to 1968, which claimed many victims among artists and intellectuals. His family was forced into political exile in Mongolia.

Paradoxically, it was while copying political posters from his daily life with other children that Yin Xin developed a passion for painting. He graduated from the Xinjiang Normal University of Fine Arts in 1977 and taught for two years before continuing his studies in engraving at the Xi’an Academy of Fine Arts. He then completed his studies at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Art in 1988. After graduating in 1991, Yin Xin left Australia for Europe and began exhibiting in Paris, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Tokyo, London and New York. He settled permanently in Paris in 1994.

His art has become increasingly popular with exhibition after exhibition, thanks in particular to his mastery of Western painting, a technique he has assimilated with talent. With subtlety and sometimes humour, he introduces Oriental subjects into scenes inspired by the era of European colonialism. His series entitled “Once upon a time in China” juxtaposes representations of Chinese high society with those of the Belle Époque in Paris. Yin Xin reappropriates elements of Chinese culture by associating them with her adopted country, creating mixed-media paintings rich in detail.

Yin Xin also orientalises masterpieces of Western painting with her “After the Master” series. Her reinterpretation of Botticelli’s Venus as the “Venus of the Orient” was shown at the “Botticelli 1445-2015” exhibition at the National Gallery in Berlin in 2015, then at the “Botticelli reinvented” exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London in 2016.

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