Born in Handan City, Hebei Province, China, LV Yanjun received no formal education. A hearing impairment combined with the inability to write did not hinder the artist who taught himself the art of painting.
The women in LV's paintings have perfect Oriental features, sensual lips, and are strikingly beautiful.
Through his work, LV speaks of the loss of political discourse in modern Chinese society.
LV's paintings articulate the desire of the modern Chinese for the superficial and their display of such accumulation. He further emphasizes this by painting women in the full uniform of the Cultural Revolution. LV uses his images to hint at what he believes is a regression in Chinese society. He creates a contrast between China's current material obsession with the more admirable ideals of the Chinese individual of the past.
LV focuses on the facial expressions of the young women, and his exquisite painting style reveals the delicacy of Asian women's porcelain-like skin. The faces under the cap are evocative, reminding us of the depth of history they have experienced.
"I was trying to create a visual effect that can express the tenderness, the grace, the glamour, and the hidden sexuality of these young women wrapped up in army uniforms, which symbolize discipline, depression and maybe sacred duty." - LV Yanjun