Liu Xiaodong & Yu Hong
by HG Masters
LIU XIAODONG, My Family 1 and 2, 1998, oil on canvas, 120 x 50 cm each. Courtesy Galerie LOFT, Hong Kong.
Leading Chinese realist painters—and husband and wife—Liu Xiaodong and Yu Hong were classmates in high school and at the Central Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA) in Beijing, where they now teach in the oil painting department. Co-stars of Wang Xiaoshuai’s clandestinely shot independent film, The Days (1993), a bleak—but fictional—saga of two young struggling artists, Liu and Yu now balance successful careers with…