1980 - Shanghai

Yang Yongliang

Born in Shanghai in 1980.
He studied at the China Fine Art Academy Institute.
Yang Yongliang is a resident of Shanghai, China who depends heavily on his a camera and a laptop computer to make his art. Using only these tools—and a knowledge of traditional Chinese painting traditions – Yang Yongliang invents urban scenes that depict skyscrapers under construction, freeway systems, electrical power plants, and bustling urban corridors.
His compositions starkly reveal the impacts of technological progress that China has undergone over past decades.
His work has been exhibited internationally at museums and biennials, such as Thessaloniki Biennale in Greece (2009), Ullens Center for Contemporary Art in Beijing (2012), National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne (2012), Moscow Biennale (2013), Metropolitan Museum of Art New York (2013), Daegu Photo Biennale in Korea (2014), Singapore ArtScience Museum (2014), Modern Art Museum Paris (2015), Kunst und Kultur in Neuried e.V (2015), Fukuoka Asian Art Museum (2015), Somerest House London (2016, 2013), Art Gallery of New South Wales in Sydney (2016, 2011); collected by more than 20 public institutes including the British Museum, Brooklyn Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, Museum of Fine Arts Boston, San Francisco Asian Art Museum and etc.
Yang currently lives and works between New York and Shanghai.

Yongliang is among a generation of young artists who came of age after the Chinese
Cultural Revolution, and therefore embraces a level of artistic freedom that is not common
among past generations of Chinese artists. Yang Yongliang combines ancient Chinese art
techniques, such as shui mo painting and calligraphy, with photographic elements of
modern urban Shanghai, arranged in the traditional composition of Chinese landscape, to
produce artworks with a perfect balance between fragility and danger, beauty and cruelty.

Solo Exhibitions

2018 Salt 14: Yang Yongliang, Utah Museum of Fine Arts, Salt Lake City, USA
Journey to the Dark, Sullivan+Strumpf, Sydney, Australia
Journey to the Dark, Whitestone Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan

2017-2018 Time Immemorial, Galerie Paris Beijing

2017 Time Immemorial, Matthew Liu Fine Arts, Shanghai, China

2016 Time Immemorial, SHIBUNKAKU, Tokyo, Fukuoka and Kyoto, Japan
Fall into Oblivion, Pearl Lam Galleries, Singapore

2015 YAN, Shanghai Gallery of Art, Shanghai, China
FT5 Review with Yang Yongliang Film Screening, Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, Fukuoka, Japan

2014 Yang Yongliang Solo Exhibition, Sophie Maree Gallery, Den Haag, Netherland

2013 Moonlit Metropolis, Schoeni Art Gallery, Hong Kong, China
Silent Valley, MC2 Gallery, Milano, Italy
The Moonlight, Galerie Paris-Beijing, Paris, France

2012 The Moonlight, Magda Danysz Galleries, Shanghai, China

2011 The Peach Colony, Galerie Paris-Beijing, Beijing, China
The Peach Blossom Colony, 18 Gallery, Shanghai, China
Window 70th: Yang Yongliang, Gallery Jinsun, Seoul, Korea

2010 Heavenly City, MC2 Gallery, Milan, Italy
Views from China: 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
Artificial Wonderland, 18 Gallery, Shanghai, China
Yang Yongliang Solo, Melbourne Intercultural Fine Art, Melbourne, Australia

2009 Yang Yongliang Photographic Works, Limn Art Gallery, San Francisco, USA
City of Phantom Visions, OFOTO Gallery, Shanghai, China
On the Quiet Water, 45 Downstairs Gallery, Melbourne, Australia

2008 Heavenly City & On the Quiet Water, OFOTO Gallery, Shanghai, China

2006 Phantom Landscape, OFOTO Gallery, Shanghai, China

Selected Group Exhibitions

Endangered Species: Artists on the Front Line of Biodiversity, Whatcom Museum, Bellingham, USA
City, Photo Brussels Festival 03 Edition, Hangar Art Center, Ixelles, Belgium
Shanghai Beat –The Dynamism of Contemporary Art Scene in Shanghai, Contemporary Art Museum,Kumamoto, Japan Altering Home – Culture City of East Asia, 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, Japan
Art of the Mountain – Through the Chinese Photographer’s Lens, China Institute in America – New York, USA

40 Years of Chinese Contemporary Photography (1976-2017) – Three Shadows 10th Anniversary Special Exhibition, Three Shadows Photography Art Center – Beijing, China
Prix Pictet: Disorder, Kunstverein Hamburg – Germany

2016 China: grain to pixel – A Story of Photography in China, Monash Gallery of Art – Melbourne, Australia

Prix Pictet 2015 – Disorder, Musée d’art moderne de la Ville de Paris – France

LIANZHOU FOTO FESTIVAL 2014, Lianzhou International Photo Festival – China
4th Singapore International Photography Festival, Singapore
Landscapes, Galerie Magda Danysz Shanghai, China

2013 5th Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art, Moscow Biennale, Russia

Video Show, Galerie Magda Danysz – Paris, France
Latitudes Est, Galerie Benamou Lage Maxe – Paris, France

Metropolis 2.0 – Life in the Urban Age, The Empty Quarter Gallery – Dubai, UAE
18th Noordlicht Photofestival 2011: METROPOLIS, Noorderlicht | House of Photography, Groningen, the Netherlands

2010 Ame de Chine, Galerie Magda Danysz – Paris, France

2009 Rencontres d’Arles 2009, Rencontres Internationales de la Photographie, – Arles, France

Collections and Awards

AiLing Foundation (Shanghai, China)
Allen Memorial Art Museum (Ohio, USA )
Arendt Art Collection (Arendt & Medernach, Luxembourg)
Art Gallery of New South Wales (Sydney, Australia)
Bates College Museum of Art (Maine, USA)
Brooklyn Museum (New York, USA)
Deutsche Bank (Hong Kong, China)
DSL Collection (Paris, France)
Fidelity Investment Corp. Collection (USA)
Franks-Suss Collection (London, UK)
How Art Museum (Shanghai, China)
HSBC Hong Kong (Shanghai, China)
Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, University of Oregon (Oregon, USA)
M+ Sigg Collection (Hong Kong, China)
Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, USA)
Middlebury College Museum of Art (Vermont, USA)
Musée de L’homme (Paris, France)
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (Boston, USA)
Nevada Art Museum (Nevada, USA)
PAE ART Collection (Switzerland)
Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art (Florida, USA)
San Francisco Asian Art Museum (San Francisco, USA)
Ulrich Museum of Art, Wichita State University (Kansas, USA)
The British Museum (London, UK)
The National Gallery of Victoria (Melbourne, Australia)
The Rare Books Department of the National Library of France (Paris, France)
The Saatchi Gallery (London, UK)
White Rabbit Contemporary Chinese Art Collection (Sydney, Australia)

Asia Society – 2019 Asia Arts Game Changer Awards – Awarded (2019)
Prix Pictet – The Global Award in Photography and Sustainability – Nominated (2019)
40th Anniversary of the Rencontres d’Arles – Discovery Prize – Nominated (2009)