Huang Yan


Chinese
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Body Shan Shui


Body Shan Shui


About The Artist

Huang Yan (Chinese, born in 1966) combines painting, photography, and sculpture to explore modes of narrative and landscape, as well as other traditional forms of artistic representation in contemporary China. Born in Jilin Province, Huang studied at the Changchun Normal Academy and moved to Beijing in 1987. In his sculpted, painted and photographed works, pigment and pattern obscure a wide range of materials from meat to busts of Mao Zedong and even human skin. In several series, he evokes the traditional art of Chinese landscape painting with a contemporary twist - he photographs faces, backs, and entire bodies covered with landscape attributes that have been painted or tattooed onto their skin. Huang melds historical Chinese culture with new art forms, alluding to the body and performance art of the Chinese avant-garde. He has exhibited his work in London, Chicago, New York, Beijing, Milan, Berne, Hong Kong, and other countries around the world, and currently lives and works in Beijing.

 

Exhibitions

2013 
Rising Dragon: Contemporary Chinese Photography, San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, California

2012
Matrix: Landscape Exhibition, Leo Gallery, Shanghai, China
Picturesque Landscape: Huang Yan Solo Exhibition, Beijing, China
Areochine & Huang Yan, Leo Gallery, Shanghai, China
ART BASEL, Switzerland
1st International Ink Painting Biennale of Lin Zhou, China
The Armory Show, USA
Body Scape 2012, V!P's International Art Galleries, Rotterdam, Netherlands

2011
ART BASEL, Miami, USA
The New China, Leo Gallery, Shanghai, China

2010
Huang Yan Solo Exhibition, Leo Gallery, Shanghai, China (solo)
Huang Yan Retrospective, Hong Kong Art Centre, Presented by Leo Gallery, Hong Kong (solo)
Faces, Leo Gallery, Shanghai, China

2009
Asian Ink Masters, Ethan Cohen Fine Arts, New York, NY 
Body Art, Cornerstone Arts Center, Colorado Springs, CO 
Michelle Mosko Fine Art, Denver, CO (solo)
Cuba Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Havana,Cuba
Beijing - Havana, New Contemporary Chinese art Revolution

2008
Move No. 4, Qizhan Art Museum, Shanghai, China 
VERSION-Chang Chun New Art Movement Of The 1980s Zhu Qizhan Art Museum Shanghai, China 
Body Art Exhibition, Foothills Art Center, Golden, CO 
interactive field of vision——Chinese leading contemporary art exhibition Shanghai Duolun Museum of Modern Art Shanghai, China 
Free Zone: China Spazio in BSI, Via Magatti 2, Lugano, Switzerland 
Art Paris 2008 Grand Palais, Paris, France 
China... Forward! TSUM, Moscow, Russia 
June Chinese Zodiac-Huang Yan’s Solo Exhibition of Oil Paintings San Shang Art Space Beijing (solo)

2007
Contemporary China: Codes, visions and representations of the contemporary Chinese art, Rome Italy2006Zen Painting, Must Be Art Center, Beijing (solo) 
Xin Dong Cheng International Art Studio, Beijing (solo) 
VIPS International Art Galleries, Holland Cotter (solo) 
Northeast Contemporary Art Exhibition, Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangdong 
Post Electronic Image, Must Be Art Center, Beijing 
Relic, Irrawaddy Art City, Chicago, IL 
Old and Well-known Family from Photography: Father, Son and I, Must Be Art Center, Beijing 
Boundless Pause, Must Be Art Center, Beijing 
Soldiers at the Gates-China/Chai-na, Architecture Art Exhibition, 706 East Space, Beijing China 
China Cutting Edge: New Video Art from Shanghai and Beijing, Anthology Film Archives, New York

2005
Critical-2, Zero Field, Beijing 
The Other End: Contemporary Experimental Art and Design Exhibition, He Xiangning Art Musuem, Shenzhen, China 
Post Factory-Come and Gone, Beijing 
100 International Artists in Casoria Contemporary Art Museum, Italy 
Out of the Red-II: The Photographic Session, Marella Gallery, Milan, Italy 
Percipience, Red Gate Gallery, Beijing (solo) 
Chinese Contemporary Gallery, London (solo) 
Marella Gallery, Beijing (solo) 
Between Past and Future, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA 
Forge the Fable, Li Xiangqun Studio, Beijing 
Ceramics, Must Be Art Center, Beijing 
Post Calligraphy, Must Be Art Center, Beijing

2004
Marella Space Project, Como (solo) 
1st Guangzhou Triennale, Guangzhou Museum of Art Guangzhou, China 
The Body Everywhere, Museum of Contemporary Art, Marseilles, France 
Officinal Asia, Museum of Contemporary Art, Bologna, Italy 
Between Past and Future: New Photography and Video, ICP, New York , NY

2003
Imaging China and Huang Yan, New York, NY 
China / Israeli Image Art Exhibition, Israeli Embassy, Beijing 
Distance Measuring, Shenzhen Video Art Festival 
Polish International Video Art Festival, Warsaw, Poland 
Italy International Video Art Festival, Rome, Italy 
Ceramic Art Exhibition on Elongation & Breakthrough, Guangdong Art Gallery 
Prague Biennial, Prague 
Mirage Heaven, Prague, Czech Republic 
4th Annual International Behaviour Art Exhibition, Changchun 

2002
3rd World Art Exhibition, Milan, Italy (solo)
Eastlink Gallery, Shanghai (solo) 
Reflecting on Tradition, Hanart TZ Gallery, Hong Kong (solo) 
Ideal Image of Huang Yan, Beijing Contemporary Art Gallery (solo)


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