Yang Yongliang

1980 New York USA

Introduction

Yang Yongliang is famous for his poetic digital Chinese landscapes which redefined traditional landscape paintings, featuring a massive amount of urban images reconstructed, and recomposed. Yang studied Chinese painting since childhood. In the early 2000s, he graduated from Shanghai Institute of Design of China Academy of Art and started his experiments in multidisciplinary art. Yang currently lives and works in New York and Shanghai.

His works have been exhibited over 100 shows internationally, including Ink Art: Past as Present in Contemporary China, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 2013; China8, Foundation for Arts and Culture, Germany, 2015; Fukuoka Asian Art Triennale, Japan, 2015; Glow Shenzhen Light Festival, 2021; Summoning Memories: Art Beyond Chinese Traditions, Asia Society Texas, Houston, 2023; Shan Shui Reboot: Re-envisioning Landscape for a Changing World, China Institute, New York, USA, 2024.

Selected collections: Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; British Museum, London; Museum of Modern Art, Paris; National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne; Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing; M+ Sigg Collection, Hong Kong.

Ink Alchemy at Alisan Fine Arts-Central 2023 is the gallery’s first time working with the artist. His works are exhibited in 
Beyond Tradition: The Metamorphosis of Chinese Art, Cromwell Place, London, UK in 2023 and Landscape as Metaphor: Contemporary Voices, Alisan Fine Arts-New York, New York, USA in 2024.


BIOGRAPHY
1980
Born in Shanghai, China
2003
B.A. Visual Communication, China Academy of Art, Shanghai, China
Present
Lives and works in New York and Shanghai

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2024   
  • Yang Yongliang: Parallel Metropolis, Sullivan +Strumpf Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
  • Yang Yongliang: Vanishing Shore, How Art Museum, Shanghai, China
2021   
  • Journey to the Dark II, Fotografiska, Stockholm, Sweden
  • Imagined Landscape, Sullivan+Strumpf, Sydney, Australia
2019   
  • OCMAEXPAND: Eternal Landscape, Orange County Art Museum, Santa Ana, USA
  • Artificial Wonderland, Dunedin Public Art Gallery, Dunedin, New Zealand
  • Views of Water, Whitestone Gallery, Hong Kong
  • Eternal Landscape, HdM Gallery, London, UK
2018   
  • Salt 14: Yang Yongliang, Utah Museum of Fine Arts, Salt Lake City, USA
  • Journey to the Dark, Sullivan+Strumpf, Sydney, Australia
2017   
  • Time Immemorial, Galerie Paris-Beijing, Paris, France
2016   
  • Time Immemorial, SHIBUNKAKU, Tokyo; Fukuoka; Kyoto, Japan
2015   
  • YAN, Shanghai Gallery of Art, Shanghai, China
  • Fukuoka Asian Art Triennale Review, Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, Fukuoka, Japan
2013   
  • Moonlit Metropolis, Schoeni Art Gallery, Hong Kong, China
  • Silent Valley, MC2 Gallery, Milano, Italy
2012   
  • The Moonlight, Magda Danysz Galleries, Shanghai, China
2011   
  • The Peach Blossom Colony, Galerie Paris-Beijing, Beijing, China
2010   
  • Yang Yongliang and The Modern Metropolis, Nevada Museum of Art, Reno, USA
  • Artistic Conception: Landscape, My Humble House, Taipei, Taiwan
  • Heavenly City, Galerie Paris-Beijing, Paris, France
  • Yang Yongliang, Melbourne Intercultural Fine Art, Melbourne, Australia
2009   
  • Yang Yongliang Photographic Works, Limn Art Gallery, San Francisco, USA
2008   
  • Heavenly City & On the Quiet Water, OFOTO Gallery, Shanghai, China
2006   
  • Phantom Landscape, OFOTO Gallery, Shanghai, China

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2024   
2023   
2022   
  • Summer Group Show, Sullivan+Strumpf, Sydney, Australia
  • Between Shan Shui, Thames City 1974 Club, London, UK
2021   
  • The Earth as A Legacy, Musée des Confluences, Lyon, France
  • Landscapes of the Soul, Asian Arts Museum, Nice, France
  • Glow Shenzhen International Arts Festival, Shenzhen, China
  • Thousand Mirages, The Mixc, Shenzhen, China
  • Digital Art Fair Asia, Asia Standard Tower, Hong Kong
  • What Happened Here?, Appetite, Singapore
  • Grand Opening, Meta ZiWU, Shanghai, China
2020   
  • Longing for Nature, Museum Rietberg, Zürich, Switzerland
  • Scenery in Mock-up, Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts, Taipei, Taiwan
  • Allure of Matter: Material Art from China, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, USA
  • Immaterial/Re-material: A Brief History of Computing Art, Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing, China
  • Les Flots Écoulés, Abbaye de Jumièges, Jumièges, France
  • Out of the Shadows, Museum of Photographic Art, San Diego, USA
2019   
  • Diversity for Peace, Karuizawa New Art Museum, Venice, Italy
  • A Fairy Tale in Red Times, National Gallery of Vicotia, Melbourne, Australia
  • Cannes XR, Cannes Film Festival, Cannes, France
  • Art of the Mountain, China Institute, New York, USA
  • Pal(ate)/ette/, Shanghai Gallery of Art, Shanghai, China
  • Hua Yuan, MGM COTAI Theater, Macau
2018   
  • Endangered Species, Whatcom Museum, Bellingham, USA
  • Photo Brussels Festival 03, Hangar Art Center, Ixelles, Belgium
  • 2050: A Brief History of the Future, Royal Museum of Fine Arts of Belgium, Brussels, Belgium; National Museum of Fine Arts, Taipei, Taiwan
  • Trompe-L’Oeil, Sullivan+Strumpf, Singapore
  • Inside Outside, Samuel P. Harm Museum of Art, University of Florida, Gainesville, USA
  • Shanghai Beat, Contemporary Art Museum, Kumamoto, Japan
  • Altering Home: Culture City of East Asia, 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, Japan
  • Worlds Apart: Nature and Humanity Under Deconstruction, Allen Memorial Art Museum, Oberlin, USA
  • Photography Biennale, Brandts – Museum for Art and Visual Culture, Odense, Denmark
  • I Object, British Museum, London, UK
  • Power and Beauty in China’s Last Dynasty, Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minnesota, USA
  • Rebuild Utopia, OCT Art & Design, Shenzhen, China
  • Beyond Brush and Ink: The Multiplicity of Eastern Aesthetic, China Art Museum, Shanghai, China
  • Mountains and Streams, CFHILL Art Space, Stockholm, Sweden
  • Art of the Mountain: Through the Chinese Photographer’s Lens, China Institute, New York, USA
  • Inky Bytes: Traces of Ink in the Digital Era, Museum of Arts and Crafts - MKG Hamburg, Germany
2017   
  • The Digital Showcase, National Museum of Singapore, Singapore
  • Streams and Mountains without End, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, USA
  • The Roads of Translation, Foundation Martin Bodmer, Cologny, Switzerland
  • Digital Matters: The Earth behind the Screen, Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art, Manchester, UK
  • Digital: The World of Alternative Realities, Justin Art House Museum, Victoria, Australia
  • Art is Science, Karuizawa New Art Museum, Nagano, Japan
  • 40 Years of Chinese Contemporary Photography, Three Shadows Photography Art Center, Beijing, China
  • China in Motion, Annecy Museum, Annecy, France
  • Energy Filed, Museum of Contemporary Art, Shanghai, China
  • The Five Moons, Return of the Nameless and Unknown: PyeongChang Biennale, Pyeongchang, Korea
  • Prix Pictet: Disorder, Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego, USA
  • Land and People, Cairns Regional Gallery, Queensland, Australia
  • Behold Land, People, Geological Museum and the City Gallery, Ramat Hasharon, Israel
2016   
  • Jimei Arles Photography Festival, Xiamen, China
  • Après Babel, Traduire, Museum of Civilizations of Europel, Mediterranean, Marseille, France
  • Beijing Independent Film Festival, Li Space, Beijing, China
  • Humanistic Nature and Society (Shan Shui): An Insight to the Future, Himalayas Museum, Shanghai, China
  • Ink Remix: Contemporary art from China, Taiwan and Hong Kong; Museum of Brisban, Brisbane, Australia
  • Shan Shui Within, Museum of Contemporary Art, Shanghai, China
  • Grain and Pixel:150 Years of Chinese Photography, China Cultural Center, Brussels, Belgium
  • Another Landscape, Yang Art Museum, Beijing, China
  • Prix Pictet: Disorder, Municipal Gallery of Athens, Athens, Greece; Somerest House, London, UK
  • Ink Remix: Contemporary art from China, Taiwan and Hong Kong, UNSW Galleries, Sydney, Australia
  • State of Play, White Rabbit Gallery, Sydney, Australia
  • Ink Remix, Canberra Museum and Gallery, Canberra, Australia
  • Dislocation, Smith College Museum of Art, Northampton, USA
  • 2050. A Brief History of the Future, Royal Museum of Fine Arts, Antwerp, Brussels; The Louvre, Paris, France
2015   
  • Prix Pictet: Disorder, Museum of Modern Art, Paris, France
  • Grain and Pixel, Shanghai Center of Photography, Shanghai, China
  • Copyleft: China Appropriation Art, Power Station of Art, Shanghai, China
  • Shanghai Ever, Museum of Contemporary Art, Shanghai, China
  • Bizzarreland, Dadi Art Museum, Hefei, China; Kunstraum Villa Friede, Bonn, Germany
  • Shan Shui: An Insight into the Future, Palazzo Flangini, Venice, Italy
  • China8: Contemporary Art from China, Foundation for Arts and Culture, Bonn, Germany
  • Aandacht! Aandacht!: Stormopkomst Festival, De Warande, Turnhout, Belguim
2014   
  • Art & Arcade, MU Strijp-S, Eindhoven, Netherlands
  • Outside the Lines, RH Contemporary Art, New York, USA
  • 30th International Festival of Sarajevo, Collegium Artisticum, Sarajevo, Greece
  • Aura of Poetry, Museum of Contemporary Art, Shanghai, China
  • 1st Xinjiang International Art Biennale, Urumqi, China
  • Phantom City, Rotorua Museum, Rotorua, New Zealand
  • 5th Fukuoka Asian Art Triennale, Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, Fukuoka, Japan
  • 5th Daegu Photo Biennale, Culture&Arts Center, Daegu, South Korea
  • Contemporary Photography in China 2009-2014, Minsheng Art Museum, Shanghai, China
  • China’s Changing Landscape, Nordic Watercolour Museum, Skärhamn, Sweden
  • 4th Singapore International Photography Festival, Singapore ArtScience Museum, Singapore
  • Babel, Destiny of a Myth, Libraries of Pantin, Pantin, France
  • Staging Encounters: Chinese Contemporary Photography 2005-2014, Lianzhou Foto, Lianzhou, China
  • High Mountains, Flowing Waters, China Cultural Center, Berlin, Germany
2013   
  • Ink Art: Past as Present in Contemporary China, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, USA
  • Insightful Charisma, Himalayas Art Museum, Shanghai, China
  • DE LEUR TEMPS, Hangar à Bananes Art Center, Nantes, France
  • Images Festival: How far away is the horizon?, Holbæk, Denmark
  • Occupy Utopia, Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Seven sunsets, waiting dawns, all in one. How to kill a wondrous time…not wanting a thousand hours, Shanghai Gallery of Art, Shanghai, China
  • Space-time: 5th Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art, Moscow, Russia
  • 1,2,3,b4, Contemporary Art Center of Thessaloniki - SMCA, Thessaloniki, Greece
  • New Ink, Sotheby’s Hong Kong Gallery, Hong Kong
  • City in Picture, Picture of a City, City Museum Zwolle, Zwolle, Netherlands
  • Dreamers, Palazzo Tagliaferro Contemporary Culture Center, Milano, Italy
  • Landmark: The Fields of Photography, Somerset House, London, UK
2012   
  • A Sprinkle of Salt: Shi Zhiying / Yang Yongliang, MOT/ARTS, Taipei, Taiwan
  • Printed Image in China: From the 8th - 21th Centuries, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, USA
  • Conceptual Renewal, SiShang Art Museum, Beijing, China
  • Creators Project: Beijing 2012, Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing, China
  • Babel, Museum of Fine Arts of Lille, Lille, France
  • Time Catcher, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia
2011   
  • One Hundred Flowers, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia
  • Metropolis / City Life in the Urban Age: Noorderlicht International Photo Festival, Groningen, Netherlands
  • The Eye Is a Lonely Hunter, 4th Fotofestival Mannheim-Ludwigshafen-Heidbelberg, Germany
  • Shan Shui, Chinese contemporary landscapes from the Sigg Collection, Kunstmuseum Luzern, Switzerland
2009   
  • Drama / Stage, Urban Photography in Shanghai, Liu Haisu Art Museum, Shanghai, China
  • 2nd Thessaloniki Biennale, Thessaloniki, Greece Discovery Award, 40th Anniversary of the Rencontres d’Arles, Arles, France
  • Stairway to Heaven: From Chinese Streets to Monument and Skyscraper, H&R Block Artspace, Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, USA
2008   
  • Two Points: 2008 Chinese Contemporary Art, Palazzo Frisacco, Tolmezzo, Italy
  • Stairway to Heaven, Bates College Museum of Art, Maine, USA
  • Material Link, Museum of Contemporary Art, Shanghai, China
  • Group Exhibition, Urban Public, Hamburg, Germany
  • Mixed Maze, Red Mansion Foundation, London, UK
2007   
  • Art Now 2007, Danwon Arts Festival, Gyeonggido Museum of Modern Art, Ansan, Korea
  • Five, Pingyao Internatioanl Photography Festival, Pingyao, China

SELECTED AWARDS
2020 Asia Game Changer West Awards, Asia Society Northern California, USA
2019 Asia Arts Game Changer Awards India, Asia Society India, India
2017 Global Award in Photography and Sustainability (Nominated), Prix Pictet
2009 Discovery Prize (Nominated), Rencontres d'Arles

SELECTED COLLECTIONS
USA

Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, USA
Brooklyn Museum, New York, USA
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Boston, USA
Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art, Florida, USA
Ulrich Museum of Art, Wichita State University. Kansas, USA
Bates College Museum of Art, Maine, USA
Davis Museum, Wellesley College, Massachusetts, USA
Nevada Art Museum, Nevada, USA 
Allen Memorial Art Museum, Oberlin College, Ohio, USA
Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, University of Oregon, Oregon, USA
San Francisco Asian Art Museum, San Francisco, USA
Utah Museum of Fine Arts, USA
Middlebury College Museum of Art, Vermont, USA
Fidelity Investment Corp. Collection, USA

EUROPE
British Museum, London, UK
Franks-Suss Collection, London, UK
Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art, University of Salford, Manchester, UK
Museum of Modern Art, Paris, France
Museum of Mankind, Paris, France
Rare Books Department, National Library of France, Paris, France
DSL Collection, Paris, France
Museum of Arts and Crafts, Hamburg, Germany
Arendt Art Collection, Arendt & Medernach, Luxembourg
Contemporary Art Center of Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki, Greece

AUSTRALIA
White Rabbit Contemporary Chinese Art Collection, Sydney, Australia
Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia

CHINA
How Art Museum, Shanghai, China
HSBC Hong Kong, Shanghai, China
Deutsche Bank, Hong Kong
M+, Sigg Collection, Hong Kong