Huang Yan


Huang Yan

Huang Yan, born 1966 in Jilin Province, is an eminent Chinese painter, sculpture, photographer and performance artists based in Beijing. He graduated from the Changchun Normal Academy in 1987 and is currently a Lecturer at Changchun University.
Like many of the recent internationally recognized artists from China, Huang Yan conflates aspects of China’s rich traditional art with contemporary global art practices. His photos of models painted in traditional Chinese landscape combine one of the great Chinese art forms with body art.

1966 Born in Jilin, Jilin Province, China


1987 Changchun Normal Academy, Jilin Province, China

2013 Galerie Wilms, Venlo, The Netherlands
2008 Huang Yan Photography, Michele Mosko Fine Art, Denver, USA
2007 Photographs, Priska C. Juschka Fine Art, New York, USA Huang Yan
Solo Exhibition, Zhuqizhuan Art Museum, Shanghai, China
2006 Zen Painting, Must Be Art Center, Beijing, China Xin Dong Cheng
International Art Studio, Beijing, China VIPS International Art Galleries,
Holland Cotter, Netherlands
2005 Huang Yan, Chinese Contemporary, London, England
2004 Huang Yan, Red Gate Gallery, Beijing, China Mountains and Water
Spirit, Eastlink Gallery, Shanghai, China
2000 Return to Tradition, Hanart TZ Gallery, Hong Kong
1999 The Ideal Image of Huang Yan, Proper Art Gallery, Shenyang, China
1997 Poetry Art of Huang Yan, Proper Art Gallery, Shenyang, China Postal Art
of Huang Yan, Beijing Contemporary Art Gallery, Beijing, China

2015 The Male Figure, Brussels, Galerie Wilms
2012 New Chinese Currency: Ink, Landscape & the Body, Ethan Cohen Fine
Arts, New York
2011 Art Asia, Ethan Cohen Fine Arts, Miami, Florida
SCOPE Basel, Ethan Cohen Fine Arts, Basel, Switzerland
2008 Gothic Intrusion, The Proposition Gallery, New York, USA Spring Group
Show, Chinese Contemporary, Beijing, China
Critical Mass, Huang Yan Contemporary Art Center, Beijing, China
2007 MADE in CHINA – The Estella Collection, The Israel Museum,
Floating – The New Generation of Art in China, National Museum of
Contemporary Art, Korea
Arles Photography Festival, Arles, France
RED HOT -Asian Art Today from the Chaney Family Collection,
Houston Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, USA
Zhu Yi! Chinese Contemporary Photography, ARTIUM de Alava, Spain
China Now!, McClain Gallery, Houston, USA
CHINA – Timeless Beauty from Chinese Classical Era and New Chinese
Porcelain Sculpture, Sara Hildén Art Museum, Tampere, Finland
2006 RUINS – New Photography and Video from China, Peck School of the
Arts, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA
Mahjong -Chinese Contemporary Art from the Sigg Collection,
Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg, Germany
2005 Out of the Red-II The Photographic Session, Marella Gallery, Como,
The Other End: Contemporary Experimental Art and Design Exhibition,
He Xiangning Art Musuem, Shenzhen, China
2004 Between Past and Future: New Photography and Video From China, ICP,
New York, New York
2002-03 1st Guangzhou Triennale, Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou,
2001-02 Chengdu Biennale, Chengdu Modern Art Museum, Chengdu, China
2001 Red Hot, Red Gate Gallery, Beijing, China
Virtual Future, Art Museum of Guangdong Province, Guangzhou, China
Charming China, Space Contemporary Art, Bangkok, Thailand
Hot Pot, Kunstnemes Hus, Oslo, Norway
2000 Hanart Gallery, Hong Kong Focus, Chinese Contemporary, London,
Fuck Off, Eastlink Gallery, Shanghai, China
Portrait, Figures, Couples and Groups, Bizart Space, Shanghai, China
Everyday Attitude, Upriver Gallery, Chengdu,China China’s Charming,
Eastlink Gallery, Shanghai, China
1999 The Traditional Visual Image, Shanghai, China Unusual Way of Writing,
Art Academy of Nanjing Normal University, Nanjing, China Truths to
Open, Bangkok University, Bangkok
Beatus Gallery, Vancouver, Canada Media Interruption, Art Commune,
Hong Kong
1998 Traditional and Anti-traditional Art, German Embassy, Beijing, China
Image Telling Stories, Shanghai, China Obstinate Art Show, Beijing,
The Best of Chinese Contemporary Art, ProudGalleries, London,
Contemporary Art of China, Helsingborg, Sweden Fine Arts, Shenyang,
1997 New Image, Beijing Theatre, Beijing, China
1994 Post-89, New Art of China, Marlborough Gallery, London, England
Photographs and Prints by Huang Yan and 8 other artists, Hanart
Gallery, Hong Kong
1992 First Biennial Exhibition of Chinese Art in the 1990s, Guangzhou,
Image of Object, Shenzhen, Hong Kong
1991 Beijing Xi-san-huan: Chinese Art Documentaries, Beijing, China
1988 Image of Object, Art Gallery of NE Normal University, Changchun, China