Wang Zhijie’s Portrayal of Girls Growing up in Today’s World (NSFW)

Wang Zhijie paints what looks like anime, but there is a deeper message to his images than what meets the eye. The Beijing-based artist’s oil paintings look to be of cute, wide-eyed little girls but a second look reveal a mischievous and sometimes sexual nature to his renditions. A former animator, Zhijie employs a cartoonish portrayal of the doe-eyed babes representing the pubescent young girls who often try to dress and act older than their age. The doll-like quality retained by each of his subject is a window to the immaturity of girls at such a vulnerable time of their lives.

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