Born in 1966, Yang Maoyuan is a highly regarded artist well known for his large and diverse body of work encompassing painting, sculpture, photography and installation. Owing to his archaeological experience in the desert during his younger years which distinguished him from general academic artists, he’s nicknamed the “walking artist in the wild” while having a broader perspective on the treatment of subjects. He often explores the shapes and misshapes of human and animal bodies. His spherical horses and other bloated animals are widely known.

Yang Maoyuan

Yang Maoyuan

As one of the five artists elected to attend this year’s Venice Biennale, Yang Maoyuan creates one of the five installations named All Matters Are Visible and will have it exhibited in the Chinese Pavilion at the Venice Biennale 2011. It shows thousands of medicine pots of all sizes on the ground, with nothing contained in the pots except for the smells of medicinal herbs.

Traditional Chinese medical prescriptions will be carved on the interior of these pots and their outside will be decorated with traditional designs. “According to the theory of traditional Chinese medicine, all things are visible, be it the acupuncture points, meridians or collaterals; but they do not exist at all to modern science,” Yang illustrated.

All Matters Are Visible by Yang Maoyuan

All Matters Are Visible by Yang Maoyuan

Developing an instant affinity for art since his youth, Yang Maoyuan enrolled and graduated from the Print Department, Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing in 1989. He currently lives and works in Beijing now. Yang has won the top prize at the China Contemporary Art Award in 2002. His works have been exhibited in a number of international museums and expositions. Recent exhibitions include “Yang Maoyuan 2010” (2010) at Today Art Museum, Beijing, China; “Look Inside” (2009) at Palazzo Medici Riccardi, Florence, Italy; And There was Light Michelangelo Leonardo Raphael” (2010) at Eriksbergshallen, Goteburg ,Sweden and “Taswir: Islamische Bildwelten und Moderne” at Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin, Germany. His works are widely collected by public institutions and private collectors, including Dong Yu Gallery, Shanghe Gallery, Taida Contemporary Art Museum and Rockefeller family.

BIOGRAPHY

1966 Born in Dalian, China

1989 Graduated from the Printing Department, Central Institute of Fine Arts, Beijing, China

2002 Prize for Contemporary Chinese Art CCAA Award

Lives and works in Beijing, China

Yang Maoyuan's working at his David

Yang Maoyuan’s working at his David

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2010 Yang Maoyuan2010, Today Art Museum,Beijing, China

2009 Look Inside, Palazzo Medici Riccardi, Florence, Italy

2008 SILENCE! 88 BUDDHAS FOR SHANGHAI. Outdoor Project of ALEXANDER OCHS GALLERIES

BERLIN I BEIJING and WHITE SPACE BEIJING in ShContemporary 08, Shanghai, China

THE ARCHETYPE, THE HORSE & THE QI, ALEXANDER OCHS GALLERIES BERLIN I BEIJING, Berlin, Germany

2007 TRACE OF THE TIME, WHITE SPACE BEIJING, China

2006 Look Inside, DDM Warehouse, Shanghai, China

Look Inside, The Danish Art Exchange, Beijing, China

2002 Food in the Cattle’s Stomach, One World Art Central, Beijing, China

1999 Yang Maoyuan’s Paintings, Guanyuan Hotel, Beijing, China

1994 Created and show series Wasteland Sculpture: Family and Road, Sign Luobupo (China) to be completed in approximately 10 years, China

Yang Maoyuan's at Jing Yuan Gallery

Yang Maoyuan’s at Jing Yuan Gallery

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2010

GREAT PERFORMANCES, Pace Beijing, Beijing, China: AND THERE WAS LIGHT; MICHELANGELO LEONARDO RAPHAEL, ERIKSBERGSHALLEN, Goteborg, Sweden;

2009

Taswir – Islamische Bildwelten und Moderne, Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin, Germany;

CHINA – Ein anderer Blick, Kunstverein Augsburg, Augsburg, Germany;

ART SUMMER 2009, Hellerau – European Center for the Arts, Dresden, Germany;

Mahjong: Contemporary Chinese Art from the Sigg Collection, Peabody Essex Museum, Massachusetts, USA;

Facing China, Haugar – Vestfold Museum in Tonsberg, Norway / Kuopio Art Museum, Finland / Salo Art Museum, Finland / Ystads Konstmuseum, Sweden

2008

Facing China, Stadtgalerie Schwaz, Austria / Kunstraum Innsbruck, Austria / Akureyri Art Museum, Iceland;

Under the Sky – International Positions in Contemporary painting, WHITE SPACE BEIJING, China;

We shall come over! Li Space, Beijing, China

Hypallage – The post-Modern Mode of Chinese Contemporary, Hua Art Museum, Shenzhen, China

DIE WAHREN ORTE I/ II, ALEXANDER OCHS GALLERIES BERLIN I BEIJING, Berlin, Germany

2007

DDM Warehouse 2000-2007, DDM Warehouse, Shanghai, China;

ARROGANCE & ROMANCE, Ordos Art Museum, Ordos, China;

78910—Wang Yin, Lu Hao, Yang Maoyuan, Xiao Yu, Yibo Gallery, Shanghai, China;

Emotion Aesthetics, dARTex, The Danish Art Exchange, Beijing, China

2005

Clues – Fang Lijun | Wang Yin | Xiao Yu | Yang Maoyuan, WHITE SPACE BEIJING, China

Mahjong – Contemporary Chinese Art from the Sigg Collection, Kunstmuseum, Bern, Switzerland

Dog Days, Stephen Lawrence Gallery, U.K

2004

Red New Year: Chinese Art Films Midway Law, the Horse Hospital, Contemporary Art Centre, London, U.K

Degenerated, Modern Chinese Art Foundation (MCAF) Gent, Belgium

First session China international construction art Biennale, Beijing, China

2003

Alors, La Chine, Centre Pompidou, Paris, France

Chinese Contemporary Art Exhibition, National Art Museum of Poland, Warsaw, Poland

Artificial Respiration, Sanhe Art Centre, Beijing, China

2002

When it rains, the roof leaks, DDM Warehouse, Shanghai, China

Dream, Red Mansion, London, UK

w.x.y, China Art Archives & Warehouse, Beijing, China

Too Much Flavor, 3H Art Center, Shanghai, China

Exchange, One World Art Centre, Beijing, China

2001

The Exhibition of Contemporary Chinese Paintings, Villa Breda, Italy

New Jumping-Off Point, Warehouse of Artists, Beijing, China

Weighlessness, Galerie Volker Diehl, Berlin, Germany

Chengdu Biennale 2001, Chengdu, China

2000

Ache – Yin, Xiao Yu, Yang Maoyuan Private Exhibition, Beijing

Museum of Design, Beijing, China

Fuck off, Donglang Art, Shanghai, China

1999

Open Channels, Dongyu Museum of the Fine Arts, Shenyang, China

Chinese Contemporary Arts by Four Artists, Odden Ladegaard, Denmark

1998

Collection of Shanghe Gallery, He Xiangning Gallery, Shenzhen, China

1997

New Image-Exhibition of Conception Art Photography, Beijing Sighting Art Center, Beijing, China

1993

Chinese Oil Painting Biennale,China Art Gallery, Beijing, China

Exhibition of Contemporary Arts in North-East Shenyang Art Gallery, Shenyang, China

1989

China Avant-Garde Art Exhibition, China Art Gallery, Beijing, China

Image Courtesy of Yang Maoyuan’s Studio

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