Chinese artist Ma Chunyan, 32, reproduces a masterpiece from an image of the original displayed on her mobile phone at her studio in Dafen Oil Painting Village in Shenzhen, Guangdong province. Photo: Reuters Chinese artist Ma Chunyan, 32, reproduces a masterpiece from an image of the original displayed on her mobile phone at her studio in Dafen Oil Painting Village in Shenzhen, Guangdong province. Photo: Reuters
Chinese artist Ma Chunyan, 32, reproduces a masterpiece from an image of the original displayed on her mobile phone at her studio in Dafen Oil Painting Village in Shenzhen, Guangdong province. Photo: Reuters
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China’s art copy capital struggles to change its reputation

  • 40 years after Deng Xiaoping’s opening up reforms Dafen has seen its fortunes rise and fall
  • Can declining overseas orders be replaced with a demand for original art?

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Chinese artist Ma Chunyan, 32, reproduces a masterpiece from an image of the original displayed on her mobile phone at her studio in Dafen Oil Painting Village in Shenzhen, Guangdong province. Photo: Reuters Chinese artist Ma Chunyan, 32, reproduces a masterpiece from an image of the original displayed on her mobile phone at her studio in Dafen Oil Painting Village in Shenzhen, Guangdong province. Photo: Reuters
Chinese artist Ma Chunyan, 32, reproduces a masterpiece from an image of the original displayed on her mobile phone at her studio in Dafen Oil Painting Village in Shenzhen, Guangdong province. Photo: Reuters
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