Sculpture, Painting

Huang Zhiyang

Taiwan 1965

Sculpture, Painting

Huang Zhiyang
Huang Zhiyang
February 28, 2015
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Huang Zhiyang is renowned for his ink and oil paintings of repetitive, triangular organic shapes, a form he has employed in works from figurative scroll paintings to the phallic sculptures shown in the Taiwan Pavilion at the 1995 Venice Biennale. Huang’s triangular shapes are his abstract expression of patterns found on leaves and in microscopic views of bacteria. They are likewise a reference to the texture stroke technique employed in ink landscape paintings and sculptures, combining a traditional technique with a contemporary aesthetic.

Zhiyang (黄致阳, Huang Chih-Yang) was born in 1965 in Taipei, Taiwan, and graduated from the Taipei Chinese Cultural University in 1989 majoring in Chinese traditional ink painting.
His work has been summarized by critics as the application of traditional Chinese techniques to an American tradition of Abstract Expressionism. Frequent motifs in Huang’s work make reference to the natural world, particularly to bamboo and landscapes, though the images are not immediately recognizable. Huang also produces abstract installations, and has worked in sculptural materials like bamboo and gilded bronze.

When talked about himself and his art Zhiyang said“… In my view, it’s always important to consider matters from the vantage point of a bit of time and distance. Consequently, I tend to view life from the sidelines, deliberately maintaining some distance from the mainstream, seemingly ‘drifting away’ from the main currents of everyday life. ‘Drifting away’ for me, usually means questioning my surroundings and the status quo. You could say I’ve developed an attitude towards life that I adhere to, where I intentionally keep some distance from the mainstream and from what might be considered central to others. For most, contemporary art is widely accepted as integral to everyday life. However, this does not mean that trends in contemporary art can solve all of life’s problems nor become part of the mainstream.”

Huang Zhiyang has been exhibited extensively throughout New York, Hong Kong, Paris, Taiwan, and Germany, and has shown at the National Art Museum of China (Beijing) and Shanghai World Expo. In 1995 he was the feature artist of the Taiwan Pavilion at the Venice Biennale and has earned his way into the collections of UBS Bank (Switzerland), US State Department’s Art in Embassies Program, Taipei Fine Arts Museum, and Hong Kong Museum of Art. He has a permanent public installation in Xintiandi, Shanghai, and a retrospective of his work was held at the National Museum of China on Tiananmen Square in Beijing from March to April 2014.

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2014The Phenomenology of Life: Chapters in a Course of Study National Museum of China, BeijingSolo
2014The Phenomenology of Life: Chapters in a Course of Study Ink Studio, BeijingSolo
2013Zoon - Dreamscape Pékin Fine Arts, Hong KongSolo
2013Scholar’s Studio Art+ Shanghai Gallery, ShanghaiGroup
2013Revisiting New Horizons Exhibition: Origins of TFAM’s Contemporary Context, Taipei Fine Art Museum, Taipei, TaiwanGroup
2013Majestic Island - The Development of Modern Art in Taiwan (1911-2011) National Art Museum of China, BeijingGroup
2012Huang Zhiyang New Artworks Joy Palace, The Art Pavilion, BeijingSolo
2012A Thousand Plateaus: Huang Zhiyang Solo Exhibition Art+ Shanghai Gallery, ShanghaiSolo
2012Boundaries on the Move: A Cross-Cultural Dialogue Herzliya Museum of Contemporary Art, Herzliya, IsraelGroup
2011Huang Zhiyang Solo Xin Dong Cheng Space for Contemporary Art, BeijingSolo
2011FIAC-Foire Internationale d’Art Contemporain Grand Palais, Paris Zoo, Tuileries Gardens, Paris, FranceGroup
2011Arts for a Better World Art Basel Miami Beach, Miami, Florida, United StatesGroup
201154th Venice Biennale, Future Pass - From Asia to the World Abbazia di San Gregorio andGroup
2011UntitledPalazzo Mangilli-Valmarana, Venice, ItalyGroup
2011Anne Valerie Hash Autumn-Winter An Evening of No Boundary - Presenting ChinaGroup
2011Contemporary Creativity, China in Paris Paris Fashion Week, Paris, FranceGroup
2010China in Paris Showroom, Paris Fashion Week Paris, FranceGroup
2009Peripheral Vision IT Park, Taipei, TaiwanSolo
2009Peripheral Vision Pékin Fine Arts, BeijingSolo
2009A Peep into Taiwan: Contemporary Works on Paper Chi-Wen Gallery, Taipei, TaiwanGroup
2008Zoon - Dreamscape Hanart TZ Galary, Hong KongSolo
2008OPEN 11: International Exhibition ‘08 Sculpture and Installations Lido, Venice, ItalyGroup
2007Zoon: Beijing Bio Pékin Fine Arts, BeijingSolo
2007New Works Pékin Fine Arts, BeijingSolo
2007The Sixth Shenzhen Contemporary Sculpture Exhibition A Vista of Perspectives, OCTGroup
2007Contemporary Art Terminal He Xiangning Art Museum, ShenzhenGroup
2006City SceneryMuseum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), Taipei, TaiwanSolo
2006The Odyssey of Art in Taiwan 1950-2000 National Art Museum of China, BeijingGroup
2006Asia ArtTokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, Tokyo, JapanGroup
2005Chinese Art Stars at Art Basel Miami 2005 Mozaic Building, Miami, Florida, United StatesGroup
2004Three Marks Lin & Keng Gallery, Taipei, TaiwanSolo
2004Radical Line: Innovation in Chinese Contemporary Painting The College of Wooster Art Museum, Wooster, Ohio, United StatesGroup
2003Taiwan Art Film Video Festival, Amazeum Lothringer13 Spiegel, Lothringer13 Laden, Munich, GermanyGroup
2002Avant Garde Liberation: The Huang Mingchuan Image Collection of the 1990s, Taipei Fine Art Museum, Taipei, TaiwanTaipei Fine Art Museum, Taipei, TaiwanGroup
2001I am a cute germs Cross Path Culture - White Box, New York, United StatesSolo
2001Lovers’ Library Hanart Art Gallery, Taipei, TaiwanSolo
2001Concept Ink Ethan Cohen Fine Art, New York City, New York, United StatesGroup
2000 Lovers’ Library Ethan Cohen Gallery, New York, United StatesSolo
2000The Wall National History Museum, Taipei, TaiwanGroup
1999Lovers’ Library Hanart TZ Gallery, Hong KongSolo
1999Vision of Pluralism - Contemporary Art in Taiwan China Art Museum, Beijing; National History Museum, Taipei, TaiwanGroup
1997Tracing Taiwan: Contemporary Work on Paper The Drawing Center, New York City, United States; Parish Museum, Group
1997Artist in Residence (AIR) Program, Headland Center for the Arts, Sausalito, California, United StatesHeadland Center for the Arts, Sausalito, California, United StatesGroup
1996Zoon Ludwig Forum for International Art, Aachen, GeranySolo
1995Imprisoned Bamboo Studio, Taipei, TaiwanSolo
1995Melancholy of the Forest Taipei County Culture Center, Banqiao, TaiwanSolo
1995Solo Exhibition Up Gallery, Kaosiung, TaiwanSolo
199546th Venice Biennale Exhibition of International Art, Taiwan Pavilion, Venice, ItalyGroup
1994Famous Brand National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Taizhong, TaiwanGroup
1993Solo Exhibition Up Gallery, Taipei, TaiwanSolo
199390, New Conception Exhibition Hanart Gallery, Taipei, TaiwanGroup
1992Dis-Continuity: Religion, Shamanism, Nature Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei, TaiwanGroup
1991Solo Exhibition Ba-Cui Gallery, Taipei, TaiwanSolo
1991Apartment: Avant-Garde and Experiment Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei, TaiwanGroup
1990The 6th International Biennial Print and Drawing ExhibitionTaipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei, TaiwanGroup
1989Hosso·Preaching Space Two, Taipei, TaiwanSolo
1989The Ink Painting ExhibitionInternational Ink and Wash Painting Exhibition, Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul, South KoreaGroup
1988Time, Spirit and Ink and ColorContemporary Ink and Wash Painting Exhibition, Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei, TaiwanGroup