Han Yajuan (1980 - )
Han Yajuan was born in 1980 in Qingdao, Shandong Province. She studied for her Bachelor of Arts at the Chinese Academy of Art in Hangzhou before achieving a Master of Fine Art at the Oil Painting Department of the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing in 2008.
"Enthralled by ideas of femininity and the growing successes of women in societal circles, as there are only females being portrayed into her paintings and sculptors, it is also from her own experiences and intuition that she came to a painterly decision that women should express themselves as autonomous subjects having potential which is different but no less capable than that of their male counterparts in the shared universe."
Han Yajuan aims to depict the lives of her generation of young Chinese women. Her kawaii style characters are a celebration of the newfound abundance of choices and chances. By juxtaposing her signature female figures with an affinity for high fashion and opulent style, she illustrates both the desires and burgeoning opportunities, which influence the new, globally minded generation of Chinese women.
In 2012 she was featured in a Reuter’s article entitled “The hot-young-artists league table”. This article calculated the artists auction revenue, up to and including the year they turned 30, and Han was ranked at number 7 in the table. A further article written by Bloomberg in 2013, ranked Han in the top-10 selling artists born since 1980.