Calligraphic works and figurative paintings by the Shanghai artist Xue Song are characterized by a bold and energetic style. Both his figures and Chinese characters have clearly defined outlines and are superimposed on an intricate collage of hundreds of fragments of printed paper. Xue Song’s trademark collages represent the many different aspects of Chinese culture
Burmese artist Tin Tun Hlaing (b. 1969) depicts life in his homeland in a photorealistic style, from the ubiquitous monks in their crimson robes amidst the temples of Pagan, to women carrying water pots, or fishermen casting their nets on famous Inle Lake.
Shanghai-based artist Liu Zhen (b. 1970) excels in lacquer painting, often in triptychs and large screens. Liu Zhen achieves a fluidity and vividness of colour in abstract compositions, also integrating fragments of ancient calligraphy and seal carvings.