Yang YongliangChina

Born in 1980 in Shanghai, Yang Yongliang graduated from China Academy of Art in 2003 majoring in Visual Communication. He started experimenting with contemporary art in 2005, exploring the use of various mediums such as photography, painting, video and installation. Yang Yongliang exploits a connection between tradition and the contemporary, implementing ancient oriental aesthetics and literati beliefs with modern language and digital techniques. His work presents an expanding meta-narrative that draws from history, myth and social culture playing out in the context of the city and its ever-changing landscapes. He is known for using architectural images as brushstrokes and his depiction of heavy mountain rocks with enriched details draw a faithful reference to Song Dynasty’s landscape painting. Urban development gives prosperity to city life, yet it simultaneously imprisons many. Similarly, centuries-old cultural tradition in China has dignified profoundness, but it is always fraught with stagnation. Ancient Chinese people painted landscape in admiration of the magnificent nature, whereas Yang’s works lead us towards critical re-consideration of contemporary reality. In terms of media and content, a strong sense of post-modernism is combined with traditional aesthetics. His works have been collected by prominent public institutes such as the British Museum and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The artist lives in Shanghai and New York.

Recent Solo Exhibitions (excerpts)

2018 “Journey to the Dark” (Whitestone Gallery Taipei, Taipei, Taiwan)
2017 “Time Immemorial” (Matthew Liu Fine Arts, Shanghai, China)
2016 “Fall into Oblivion” (Pearl Lam Galleries, Singapore)
2015 “YAN” (Shanghai Gallery of Art, Shanghai) “FT5 Review with Yang Yongliang Film Screening” (Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, Fukuoka, Japan)
2014 “Yang Yongliang Solo Exhibition” (Sophie Maree Gallery, The Hague, The Netherlands)
2013 “Silent Valley” (MC2 Gallery, Milan, Italy) “The Moonlight” (Galerie Paris-Beijing, Paris, France)
2012 “The Moonlight” (Magda Danysz Galleries, Shanghai)
2011 “The Peach Colony” (Galerie Paris-Beijing, Beijing, CN) “The Peach Blossom Colony” (18 Gallery, Shanghai) “Window 70th: Yang Yongliang” (Gallery Jinsun, Seoul, Korea)
2010 “Heavenly City” (MC2 Gallery, Milan, IT) “Views from China: Yang Yongliang and The Modern Metropolis” (Nevada Museum of Art, Reno, US) “Artistic Conception: Landscape” (My Humble House, Taipei) “Heavenly City” (Galerie Paris-Beijing, Paris) “Artficial Wonderland” (18 Gallery, Shanghai) “Yang Yongliang Solo” (Melbourne Intercultural Fine Art, Melbourne, Australia)

Collections (excerpts)

  • AiLing Foundation (Shanghai)
  • Allen Memorial Art Museum (Ohio, US)
  • Arendt Art Collection (Kirchberg, Luxembourg)
  • Bates College Museum of Art (Maine, US)
  • Brooklyn Museum (New York, US)
  • Franks-Suss Collection (London, Great Britain)
  • How Art Museum (Shanghai)
  • HSBC Hong Kong (Shanghai)
  • Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, University of Oregon (Oregon, US)
  • M+ Sigg Collection (Hong Kong)
  • Metropolitan Museum of Art (NY)
  • Musée de L'homme (Paris)
  • Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (Boston, US)
  • Nevada Art Museum (Nevada, US)
  • San Francisco Asian Art Museum (San Francisco, US)
  • The British Museum (London)
  • The National Gallery of Victoria (Melbourne, AU)
  • The Rare Books Department of the National Library of France (Paris)
  • The Saatchi Gallery (London)
  • White Rabbit Contemporary Chinese Art Collection (Sydney, AU)


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    Artificial Wonderland II _Travelers among Mountain and Streams


    Giclee print on paper

    199.6 × 97.3 cm

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    Eternal Landscape


    VR - Headsets

    6minutes 33seconds



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