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Tibetan self-immolators inspire Chinese painter

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Stacked up in Liu Yi's studio dozens of China's most sensitive subjects stare out from thick black-and-white oil paintings, from victims of Tiananmen Square to Tibetans who have set themselves on fire. 

Artist Liu Yi arranges paintings showing the faces of Tibetan self-immolators at his studio on the outskirts of Beijing, February 21, 2013. Stacked up in Liu's studio dozens of China's most sensitive subjects stare out from thick black-and-white oil paintings, from victims of Tiananmen Square to Tibetans who have set themselves on fire.

Liu, 50, is a rare example of a member of China's Han ethnic majority taking up the Tibetan cause -- a project that has finally brought the authorities to his door.

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