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One of the earliest and most influential icons of contemporary Chinese art, Zhang Huan, is best known for his performance piece in which he covered himself with honey and sat naked in front of a fetid public restroom outside of Beijing until he was completely covered in flies. Another popular work is his muscle suit made of meat—or muscle depending on how you look at it (click on image for enlarged view).

Now living in New York City, he's created sculptures, drawings, installations and has travelled the world shocking and mesmerizing people with his masochistic performances. Watch a short film about the artist here.

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