Yang Qian (Chinese, b.1959) was born in Chengdu, China, and is a member of the first generation of Contemporary artists from Mainland China. Yang attended the Sichuan Fine Art Institute from 1982 to 1984, before obtaining an MFA at the University of Florida, in the United States in 1988. He has held multiple teaching positions, and his work has been exhibited internationally at such institutions as the National Museum of China, Beijing; the National Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul; and the Czech National Art Museum, Prague. Yang works primarily with photography and painting, and there are often many layers of meaning contained within each piece of his art. His subjects vary, but are often female, with concepts drawn from everyday life. Yang’s art shifts between illusion and reality, playing with his viewer’s sense of perception. He continuously pushes the limits of two-dimensional painting, utilizing new media in his work, and departing from traditional painting and its limitations. In Yang’s Bathroom series, the subjects are often shrouded behind steam, and viewers observe them through a mirror that Yang has painted. There is a sense of realism, but also a carefully crafted layer of illusion and mystery. Yang has been highly praised for his innovative painting techniques, and he continues to live and work in Beijing.

Timeline

1959
Born, Chengdu, China.
1982
BA, Sichuan Fine Arts Institute, Chongqing, P.R. China
1982–1984
Instructor at Sichuan Fine Art Institute, Chongqing, China
1988
MFA, University of Florida
1999–2001
Guest Professor at Sichuan University, Chengdu, China
Currently lives and works in Beijing, China

Exhibitions

2013
"Fragment" Feizi Gallery, Shanghai, China (solo)
2012
"Rebirth" Bi-cities: Solo Exhibitions of Chinese New Painting, Tian Ren He Yi Art Center, Zhenjiang, China
"Fragment, Feizi Gallery, Brussels, Belgium
"Yang Qian - New Works" Jakato, Fang Gallery, Indonesia (solo)
Art Stage-Singapore Fragment and Illusion, Fang Gallery, Singapore
2011
“Pure Views: New Paintings from China,” Asian Art Museum, San Francisco, CA
"Yang Qian: Fragment & Identity" Eli Klein Gallery, New York, USA (solo)
2010
"Shredded Maze-Yang Qian’s New Painting,” Suzhou Art Museum, Suzhou, China (solo)
“Art is Poison-Yang Qian’s Installation Work,” 798 White Box Museum of Art, Beijing, China (solo)
“Negotiations,” The 2nd Today’s Documents, Today Art Museum, Beijing, China
“Myriad Things,” Himalayas Art Museum, Shanghai, China
“Reshaping History-Chinese Art from 2000-2009,” National Conference Center, Beijing, China
“Museum Collection Exhibition,” Today Art Museum, Beijing, China
“Come and Go-Exhibition of Contemporary Paintings,” Shanghai Pudong Airport, Shanghai, China
“Ten Faces of Contemporary Art in China,” 798 D Park Space, Beijing, China
2009
“Media Made-Yang Qian's New Works,” Shanghai Z Art Center, Shanghai, China (solo)
“Transmundane-Yang Qian’s New Paintings and Installations,” Today Art Museum, Beijing, China (solo)
“Chasing Flames,” Eli Klein Fine Art, New York, NY
“Open Vision-Contemporary Art from China,” Czech National Art Museum, Prague, Czech Republic
“30 Years of Being-Contemporary Paintings from Sichuan Fine Art Institute,” Art Museum of China- Japan Friendship Club, Tokyo, Japan
“New Art Revolution-Chinese Contemporary Art in Cuba,” Cuba National Museum of Fine Art, Havana, Cuba
“Inlay: Suzhou Invitational Contemporary Art Exhibition,” Suzhou Art Museum, Suzhou, China
“Speak and Describe-Chinese Contemporary Art,” Taiwan National Museum of Art, Taizhong, Taiwan (Traveled to National Art Museum of China, Beijing)
“Spectacle-To Each His Own,” Museum of Contemporary Art Taipei, Taiwan
“Colony-Contemporary Art Exhibition,” Songzhuang Art Museum, Beijing, China
“Metropolis Now-A Selection of Chinese Contemporary Art,” Meridian International Center, Washington DC
2008
“Dual Paintings by Yang Qian,” The Jam Jar, Dubai, UAE (solo)
“The Love of Art-Collecting Contemporary Art in China,” Today Art Museum, Beijing, China
“Youniverse,” Seville Biennale, Seville, Spain
“Expenditure,” Busan Biennale, Busan Museum of Modern Art, Busan, Korea
“Reflexive Asia,” Nanjing Triennial, Nanjing Museum, Nanjing, China
“Poznan Biennale-Mediations,” Poznan, Poland
“Accelerate-Chinese Contemporary Art Exhibition,” Singapore Art Museum, Singapore
“China Fantasy,” Found Art Museum, Beijing, China
“Involving Project,” Zendai Museum of Modern Art, Shanghai, China
“Today’s China,” Belvue Museum, Brussels, Belgium
“Sichuan Painters,” National Museum of Indonesia, Jakarta, Indonesia
“Beijing-Athens-Contemporary Art from China,” National Art Center, Athens, Greece
“The Supplemental History,” Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou, China
“Wandering Heart,” Triumph Art Space, Beijing, China
“Painting Rebellion,” Gallery TN, Beijing, China
“Grand Opening Show,” Li Space, Beijing, China
“Let’s Consume,” Xin Dong Cheng Contemporary Art Center, Beijing, China
2007
“Overlapping-New Works by Yang Qian,” Zendai Museum of Modern Art, Shanghai, China (solo)
“Thermocline of Art-New Asian Waves,” Museum of Contemporary Art at ZKM, Karlsruhe, Germany
“Today’s Documents 2007-Energy,” Today Art Museum, Beijing, China
“Floating-New Generation of Art in China,” National Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul, Korea
“Departure from Southwest-Contemporary Art from Southwest of China,” Guangdong Art Museum, Guangzhou, China
“La Cina e’vicina,” PAN-Palazzo delle Arti di Napoli, Napoli, Italy
“Personal Myth,” Guizhou Biennale, Guiyang, China
“The Power of the Universe-An Exhibition of the Frontier of Contemporary Chinese,” Asia Art Center, Beijing, China
“A Truth Beyond the Real,” Doosan Art Center, Seoul, Korea
“Breaking Vision-Chinese Contemporary Painting,” Tang Gallery, Bangkok, Thailand
“What’s Next?-Chinese Contemporary Art Exhibition,” Hong Kong City Hall, Hong Kong, China
“Chinese Whispers,” Osage Contemporary Art Center, Hong Kong, China
“New Style From Beijing-Chinese Contemporary Art,” Kwangju City Museum of Art, Kwangju, Korea
“Seven Plateau-Chinese Contemporary Art Exhibition,” Ming Art Gallery, Beijing, China
“Transition Territories,” Galeria Louis Serpa, Lisbon, Portugal
“From New Figurative to New-Painting,” Tang Gallery, Beijing, China
2006
“Neo-Painting by Yang Qian,” Today Art Museum, Beijing, China (solo)
“Transcend Culture,” National Museum of Art, Beijing, China (solo)
“Illusion of Reflection-Painting by Yang Qian,” Marella Arte Contemporanea, Milan, Italy (solo)
“Mirror Image-New Paintings by Yang Qian,” Ming Art Gallery, Taiwan (solo)
“A Ticket to Beijing,” Willem Kerseboom Gallery, Amsterdam, Netherlands
“Hyper Design,” 6th Shanghai Biennale 2006, Shanghai Art Museum, Shanghai, China
“The Expansion in Realism-Paintings in China since 1978,” Taipei Art Museum, Taiwan
“The Group with Oxygen,” Zhu Jizhan Art Museum, Shanghai, China
“Art Unforbidden,” Art Beijing 2006 Thematic Exhibition, Beijing, China
“Common-Link,” Vanessa Art Link, Beijing, China
“First 5x7,” Photography Biennale Project, Pingyao, China
“Re-excavate the Contemporary Realism,” Soka Contemporary Space, Beijing, China
“One Time Consumption,” He Xiangning Art Museum-Contemporary Art Center, Shenzhen, China
“Unclear & Clearance-China Contemporary Art Exhibition,” Heyri Asia Project, Paju City, Korea
“Chongqing Chilies-Contemporary Art in Sichuan,” Qingdao Art Museum, Qingdao, China
Art Basel, Presented by Gallery Hyundai, Seoul, Korea
“Cross Culture-Four Artists Show,” National Art Museum of China, Beijing, China
“Vanity Beauty-Three Man Show,” Marella Gallery, Beijing, China
“First Chinese Contemporary Art Exhibition,” China Millennium Art Museum, Beijing, China
2005
“New Paintings by Yang Qian,” Michael Berger Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA (solo)
“Expanded Painting,” Prague Biennale 2, Prague, Czech
“Grounding Reality - New Artists from China,” Seoul Art Center, Seoul, Korea
“Turning Hands With Cloud-Rain,” Beijing TS1 Contemporary Art Center, Beijing, China
“Good Girls, Bad Girls,” Red Mansion Foundation, London, UK
Lianzhou International Photograph Biennale, Lianzhou, China
Chengdu Biennial, Chengdu Museum of Modern Art, Chengdu, China
“Beijing Story,” Red Mansion Foundation, London, UK
“On Going,” Shenzhen Sculpture Academy, Shenzhen, China
“China-New Contemporary Painting,” Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio, Bologna, Italy (Traveled to Palazzo in Poggiale, Torino, Italy)
“Cloud Rain Beijing,” Art Now Gallery, Beijing, China
“Group Show-25th Anniversary,” Edwin’s Gallery, Jakarta, Indonesia
2004
“Posers Beijing,” Courtyard Gallery, Beijing, China
“Speed Beijing,” Olympic Art Car Exhibition, Beijing, China
“ Forbidden Senses,” Francois Mitterrand Culture Center, Perigueux, France
“New Perspective in Chinese Painting,” Marella Arte Contemporanea, Milan, Italy
“Sublime Audacity- the Stroller Experiences,” Luis Serpa Gallery, Lisbon, Portugal
“Hua Jia Di,” Beijing Seasons Gallery, Beijing, China
“Hua Jia Di,” Art Seasons Gallery, Singapore
“Me Me Me,” Courtyard Gallery, Beijing, China
“China Photographic Painting,” Beijing Seasons Gallery, Beijing, China
“China Avant-Garde,” Vanessa Art Link, Jakarta, Indonesia
2003
Ping Yao International Photography Art Festival, Ping Yao, China (solo)
“Open Sky,” Shanghai Duolun Museum of Modern Art, Shanghai, China
“Grosse Kunst Ausstellung,” Museum Kunst Palast Dusseldorf, Dusseldorf, Germany
“Urban Illusion and Perception,” Art Seasons Gallery, Singapore
“Summer Invitational Exhibition,” Courtyard Gallery, Beijing, China
“FIAC International Exhibition,” Courtyard Gallery, Beijing, China
“Femmes de Chine,” Galerie Veronique Maxe-Albert Beramou, Paris France
2002
“Day Dream,” Nanjing Art Museum, Nanjing, China
“Daily Attitude,” Ping Yao International Photography Exhibition, Ping Yao, China
“Invitational Exhibition for 77 and 78,” Art Museum of Sichuan Fine Art Institute, Chongqing, China
2001
“Unusual and Usual,” Hong Kong Art Commune, Hong Kong, China
2000
“Yang Qian-New Works,” Knox Gallery, Naples, FL (solo)
“Unusual And Usual,” Contemporary Art Exhibition, Yuan Gong Museum, Shanghai, China
“Door Through the Century-National Art Exhibition,” Museum of Modern Art, Chengdu, China
1999
“Adamar Fine Art New Painting,” Adamar Fine Art, Miami, FL (solo)
“Surrealism,” Monique Goldstrom Gallery, New York, NY
“Art at the End of the Century,” Vanderbilt Museum, Long Island, NY
1998
“Figurative Art in 90,” Center of Contemporary Art, Houston, TX
“Art at the End of the Century,” Vanderbilt Museum Long Island, NY
1997
“Reflections,” Gallery 456, New York, NY (solo)
“China Turns,” IDA Gallery/York University, Ontario, Canada
“New Form New Artist,” Center For Contemporary Art, Minneapolis, MS
“Figurative Paintings in New York,” Walter Wickiser Gallery, New York, NY
1995
“New Works by Yang Qian,” David Wolf Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
“Group Show,” University Gallery, Gainesville, FL
1994
“Yang Qian’s Paintings & Drawings,” Suffolk Community College, Selden, NY (solo)
“Figuration,” Nassau Community College, Garden City, NY
“The Study of The Female Form,” Adamar Fine Arts, Miami, FL
1993
“Reality and Illusion,” Jamaica Arts Center, New York, NY (solo)
“New Expression in Asian American Art,” City University of New York, New York, NY
1992
“Recent Paintings by Yang Qian,” Hanson Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
“China June 4th,1989,” Mexic-Arte, Austin, TX (Traveled to Cleveland Institute of Art, Cleveland, OH)
“Spectrum of Modern Chinese Painting,” St. John’s University, New York, NY
“Friends of Lin Lin,” Graduate Center City University of New York, New York, NY
1991
“A Dialogue with Time,” 808 Penn Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA (solo)
“Classical Variations,” Patricia Judith Gallery, Boca Raton, FL (solo)
“Chinese Art Meets West,” University Art Gallery, San Diego State University, San Diego, CA
“Second Spring,” Founders Gallery University of San Diego, San Diego, CA
“The Last Picture Show,” Sally Hawkings Gallery, New York, NY
1990
“Neo-Classical Interpretation,” Patricia Judith Gallery, Boca Raton, FL (solo)
“China June 4th,” PS1 Museum, New York, NY
“Gallery Artist Show,” Access Gallery, New York, NY
“The Public Mirror,” The Clock Tower Gallery, New York, NY
1989
“Recent Paintings by Yang Qian,” Patricia Judith Gallery, Boca Raton, FL (solo)
“China June 4th,” Blum Helman Warehouse, New York, NY
1988
“Tangible and Intangible,” University of Florida, Gainesville, FL (solo)
“New Paintings of Yang Qian,” Cornwell Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
1987
“Recent Paintings by Qian Yang,” Patricia Judith Gallery, Boca Raton, FL (solo)
“Artists from China-New Expression,” Sarah Lawrence College, Bronxville, NY
“Chinese Overseas Artist United Show,” Chinese Institute, Boston, MA
“Oil Paintings from the People's Republic of China,” Harkness House Contemporary, New York, NY
1986
“Landscape by Qian Yang,” New England Center for Contemporary Art, Brooklyn, CT (solo)
Thomas Center Biennial, Thomas Center Art Gallery, Gainesville, FL
“Sichuan Fine Art Institute Exhibition,” Valdosta State College, Valdosta, GA
“Group Show of Chinese Artists in New York,” Lincoln Center Cork Gallery, New York, NY
1985
“Qian and Yi People,” Santa Fe Community College Art Gallery, Gainesville, FL (solo)
“Chinese Visions,” Huntington College, Montgomery, AL
“Paintings and Drawings by Qian Yang and by David Goldhagen,” Art Collector Gallery, Gainesville, FL
“Dakota Artist’s Guild 1985 National Art Competition,” Dakota Art Gallery, Rapid City, SD
“Small Works,” 11th Annual Juried Competition, Campus Gallery, Valencia Community College, Orlando, FL
1983
“Sichuan Fine Arts Institute Painting Exhibition,” National Art Museum of China, Beijing, China
1982
“Sichuan Fine Arts Institute Painting Exhibition,” National Art Museum of China, Beijing, China
1981
“National Young Artists Exhibition,” National Art Museum of China, Beijing, China
1980
“Sichuan Young Artists Exhibition,” Sichuan Museum of Art, Chendu, China
“National Fine Art Exhibition,” National Art Museum of China, Beijing, China
1979
“National Art Exhibition for 30 Year’s Anniversary,” National Art Museum of China, Beijing, China
“Art Exhibition of Wild Grass Group,” Shapinba Public Park, Chongqing, China

Public Collections

National Museum of Art, Beijing, China
K21 Museum for Contemporary Art, Germany
Franck Cohn Museum Contemporary Art, England
Museum of Art, Sichuan Fine Arts Institute, Chongqing, China
University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
Santa Fe Community College Art Gallery, Gainesville, FL
Georgia Museum of Art, Athens, GA
Beijing Today Art Museum, Beijing China
Annie Wong Art Foundation, Hong Kong, China
Shanghai Zhendai Museum of Modern Art, Shanghai China