Yin Zhaoyang (Chinese, b. 1970) is a painter and sculptor born in Nanyang, in China's Henan province. He graduated from the printing department of the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing, China, in 1996. Yin's work references Mao Zedong's life in a way that is interpreted as nostalgic, although he intentionally misrepresents history, even to the point of replacing Mao's face with his own at times. In addition to paintings depicting Mao at various stages in his life, Yin’s other paintings include Tiananmen Square 2003 and others in that series, Youth is Far Gone, a part of his Cruel Youth project, and a series of thirteen paintings he created based on his visit to Taipei. His Island of Four Seasons series depicts nude figures and his interpretation of humanity and history.

His solo exhibitions include Myth, held at the Beijing Art Museum in 2001, Utopia, held at the Beijing Central Art Museum in 2004, Public Space, held at the Max Protetch Gallery in New York in 2005, Passing by Mao Zedong, held at the DF2 Gallery in Los Angeles, CA, in 2007, The Twilight of a Man, held at ARCO in Madrid, Spain, in 2007, Pilgrim, held at the Silom Gallery in Bangkok, Thailand, in 2011, and Months, held at the Aura Gallery in Beijing, China, in 2011. He held many other solo exhibitions at the Aura Gallery in Beijing, China, in 2010 and 2011.

The artist has also participated in many group exhibitions, including ones at the Beijing International Art Museum in Beijing, China, in 1999, at the Shanghai DDM Warehouse and Beijing Yan Huang Art Museum in Beijing, China, in 2002, at the Shenzhen Art Museum in Shenzhen, China, in 2003, at the Beijing Commune in Beijing, China, in 2005, at the Nanjing Museum in Nanjing, China, in 2005, at The Metropolitan of Manila in Manila, Philippines, in 2006, at the Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow, Russia, in 2007, and in a traveling exhibition titled The Power of Personality. He currently lives and works in Beijing, China.

Timeline

1970
Born in Nanyang of Henan Province, China
1996
Graduated from Printing Department of Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing, China
Currently lives and works in Beijing, China

Exhibitions

2011
Cave Yin Zhaoyang Solo Exhibition, Aura Gallery, Beijing, China (solo)
2011
Pilgrim Yin Zhaoyang Solo Exhibition, Aura Gallery, Hong Kong, China (solo)
2010
love and punishment, Aura Gallery, Beijing, China (solo)
2010
Months, Aura Gallery, Beijing, China (solo)
2010
Summer group exhibition, Aura Gallery, Beijing, China (solo)
2008
Clue—Abstract Works Exhibition Aura Gallery Beijing (group)
2008
Moving Aura Gallery Beijing (group)
2008
Opening-summer group show aura gallery beijing (group)
2008
Art Beijing 2008 National Agricultural Exhibition Center Beijing (group)
2008
Yin Zhaoyang Solo Exhibition 1997-2007 Today Art Museum Beijing China
2008
Happy Together aura gallery beijing (group)
2008
kung hei fat choy aura gallery shanghai (group)
2008
ArtHK2008 Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (group)
2008
Crouching Paper Hidden Dragon,F2Gallery Beijing (group)
2008
China XXI Century: Art Between Identity and Transformation Palaexpo Delle Esposizioni (group)
2007
Section – Chinese Image of Contemporary Art 3G Museum Chongqing (group)
2007
Exhibition of Frontier Contemporary Chinese Art Asia Art Center Beijing (group)
2007
Black White Grey - A Conscious Cultural Stance Today Art Museum Beijing (group)
2007
Escape By Scheme salvation From Traditional And Revolution Language Square Gallery Of Contemporary Art Nanjing (group)
2007
New Terrestrial reference-Opening of Art Museum 800 Art Museum 800 Shanghai (group)
2007
Taipei Journal Asia Art Center Taiwan (solo)
2007
Yin Zhaoyang's New Works Tang Contemporary Art Beijing (solo)
2007
Time Lapse TaiKang Top Space Beijing (solo)
2007
YinZhaoyang Recent Works Aura Gallery Hong Kong (solo)
2007
The Twilight of a Man ARCO Madrid Spain (solo)
2007
Seven Plateaus–Contemporary Art Ming Art Gallery Beijing (group)
2007
Korean-Chinese Modern Art Exhibition Korea (group)
2007
Chinese Contemporary SOCART The State Tretyakov Gallery Moscow (group)
2007
Passing by Mao Zedong – DF2 Gallery – Los Angeles, USA (solo)
2006
Passing by Mao Zedong – Tang Gallery – Bangkok, Thailand (solo)
2006
Mythology – Today Art Museum, Beijing (solo)
2006
Passing By•Mao Zedong, China Blue Gallery, Beijing, China (solo)
2006
Public Space, Max Protetch Gallery, New York, US (solo)
2006
"Beyond Experience: New China," Arario, Beijing, China
2006
"Myth," Today Art Museum, Beijing/Aura Gallery, Shanghai (solo)
2006
The Blossoming of Realism-The Oil Painting of Mainland China since 1978 Taipei Fine Arts Museum Taiwan (group)
2006
Future and Fantasy-An Exhibition of Contemporary Art The Metropolitan of Manila Philippines (group)
2005
"Public Space," Max Protetch Gallery , New York, USA (solo)
2005
"Youth-Utopia," Tang Gallery, Bangkok, Thailand (solo)
2005
"Post-70s' Art," Liu Haisu Art Museum, Shanghai, Today Art Museum,Beijing, China
2005
"The Second Triennial of Chinese Art," Nanjing Museum, Nanjing, China
2005
"Mahjong-Sigg Collection Exhibition," Switzerland
2005
The Game of Realism, Beijing Commune, Beijing (group)
2004
"No Body's Fool, No Body's Hurt," aura gallery, Shanghai
2004
"Utopia & Youth Story New Work Of Yin Zhao Yang," Shanghai Duolun Museum of Modern Art (solo)
2004
"utopia," museum of central academy of fine arts, Beijing (solo)
2004
"Traveling in spring," aura gallery, Shanghai, The 1st. China International Gallery Exposition, Beijing
2004
"If you are collector," aura gallery, Shanghai
2004
"Illusion," aura gallery, Shanghai
2003
"shan shui," aura gallery, Shanghai
2003
"image about images," shenzhen art museum,shenzhen
2002
The Youth Cruelty Painting Ddm Art Warehouse Shanghai (group)
2002
The Youth Cruelty Painting Yanhuang Art Museum Beijing (group)
2002
"mythology," aura gallery, Shanghai (solo)
2001–2002
"mythology," Beijing art museum (solo)
2001
First Chengdu Biennale – Chengdu Modern Art Museum – Chengdu
1999
"sharp new sights," Beijing international art museum, Beijing