Modern Chinese artist Yue Minjun has a deeply personal, autobiographical style. His most well-known works are self-portraits, showing the artist laughing in a multitude of environments. His first love is oil painting, though he often copies his original works into watercolour, sculpture and print. Minjun studied his craft in the 1980s at the Hebei Normal University in the Hebei province of northern China. His chief inspiration is his contemporary, fellow Chinese painter Geng Jianyi, who also produced works of his own laughing face from the 1980s onwards.