11/29/2012 06:02 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Yan Pei-Ming's Paris Studio: Above Live Gives A Sneak Peek Into Chinese Artist's Work Space (VIDEO)

In the run-up to Art Basel Miami, sustainable living blog "Above" is toasting the innovative fair with a recap of artists that echo their environmentally-friendly views. Their most recent video offers a sneak peek into the Paris studio of Chinese artist, Yan Pei-Ming. Known for his giant portraits of Mao Zedong, the graduate of École des Beaux-Arts sat down with Above correspondent Tina Isaac to discuss the artist's animal-themed paintings, apocalyptic attitude and humble beginnings in his home country.

The interview is full of Yan Pei-Ming's bon mots, such as: "A man looking at a painting is like a man looking in the mirror."

For more on Miami's upcoming art spectacular, check out's preview of the design fair in the slideshow below and let us know which artists you are excited to see in the comments section.

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