After studying classical human figures from different cultures from class, we had to choose figures to illustrate for our final assignment, but one of them had to be Greco-Roman, the tacitly inevitable and prominent form in fine arts and culture even to this day. Wherever you are receiving art education, western art is usually the starting point of reference. Even when I was growing up in Asia, I found images of Caucasian beauties in art and media everywhere, often eclipsing people of colour in their own regions.
The figures in this drawing are sculptures and paintings from the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. The central figure is a Renaissance man and the people flanking him are from the Ancient China section. The composition describes how I feel as a minority in today's modern culture: existing in the periphery, even sometimes barricaded from view as the Chinese men in robes are partially blocked by the pillars.