installation, sculpture

Yang Maoyuan

China 1966

Installation, Sculpture, Photography, Painting

Yang Maoyuan
Yang Maoyuan
February 8, 2015
Alias of Jasmina Sevic, a researcher and author for Widewalls. She graduated from the Faculty of Political Science (Department for Journalism) in Belgrade in 2013.

Born in 1966, in Dalian, China, Yang Maoyuan is a highly regarded artist well known for his large and diverse body of work encompassing painting, sculpture, photography and installation. Yang’s works often express his understanding on the sources of culture and the core of life, the theme he most interested in is how Art generated the inner power that could adapt with its Time, and how an individual artist express this inner power by his/her own way.

He received his BA degree in Engraving from Central Academy of Fine Arts of China in 1989. Since 1994, Yang Maoyuan has entered the deep heart of Taklamakan Desert and Lop Nur (the most mysterious area in the Silk Road) for two times. Facing the wonders of aeolian sand dunes and barren lands, Yang Maoyuan was totally won over by the supreme power of nature. By explore in the remains of ancient Loulan city, whose demolishment is still a mystery, the disappeared civilization inspired Yang’s magnificent imagination. The experience of these explorations later became the spine of his art creation. Since 1995, earth and man appears in Yang’s paintings repeatedly as a main object, dark blue sky, golden-yellow earth, and giant human body embedded with the earth, evoke extremely strong visual effect and aesthetic emotion.

Around 2000, Yang Maoyuan made inflatable sculpture Horse and Sheep. He made inflating balls with hides of horse and sheep, in which original forms of animal are eliminated intentionally by the author, conveying a certain bizarre and arcane force. “Inflation” could be taken as a metaphor of the deepest aches of the people and the society in China. In the same time, inflation and roundness could also be deciphered as recurring, powerful and everlasting life process. In Yang Maoyuan’s outlook, roundness means harmony and ideal in Chinese culture, the horse is inflated and rounded, means it is idealize as a harmonious entirety. The co-existence of “the ache of inflation” and the “harmony of roundness” make Horse and Sheep complicated and self-conflicting wholes, for which give the viewers great impact, is the most uncannily unspeakable and most feeling-arousing element of these art works. As an ultimate form of substances in the world, “roundness” digests the original forms of horse and sheep, gives them a freaky culture-aroused feeling. Inflatable horse and sheep represents Yang’s posture towards art: through the use of the psychology concept archetype, he out-emerge the pedigree and uniqueness of his art thoughts, makes his works distinctive in modern arts, so their originality is strengthened.

After Horse and Sheep, this kind of usage of roundness and the technique of dissolution used in his Look Inside sculpture series. Inspired by the culture thoughts of western from Classic Period to the Age of enlightenment, Yang Maoyuan developed a unique way of sculpting. He cited the concept of beauty from the western culture, only for questioning it. To counter the western discourse, Yang grinded and polished all the edges and details of western classical sculptures, reinterpreted them with the inner looking eastern culture views, expressed the philosophical idea of “roundness is harmony”.

In Yang’s resent paintings, he evolves early experience of journey in central Asia, which inspired his explorations on time and space, constantly conveys another form of the light. From sunrise to sunset, in every moment, there is certain light-temperature, which corresponding to a color in the spectrum. Yang measures the light-temperature from dawn to dust day by day for several years, draws down the corresponding colors on paper, and has accumulated a massive and precious light-temperature database. Draw with light-temperature, could be seen as a metaphor of the thought of time everlasting and circulating, and world recurring. By all the works mentioned above, Yang Maoyuan strives to establish an attitude that could correspond to the identity of local culture and the artist himself.

In 1989 he participated the ground-breaking Modern Art Grand Show of China. Yang won the CCAA modern art of China prize in 2002. His art works have been exhibited in Beijing, Shanghai, Paris, Berlin, Dresden, London, Florence, Genoa, Warsaw, among others. The galleries and museums that have exhibited Yang’s art works including The National Museum of Fine Arts in Warsaw, Pompidou Center, Dresden Art Center, Today Art Museum, Martin-Gropius-Bau Museum, Erdos Art Museum, Padua Villa Breda Museum, Medici Riccardi Palace, etc. His art works are favored by public and private collectors. In 2011, as the representative of Chinese artists, Yang Maoyuan took part in the exhibition in China Pavilion of Venice Biennale.

He currently lives and works in Beijing, China.

YearName of the exhibitionMuseum/GallerySolo/Group
2014The Trace of TimeKorea IHN Gallery, Seoulsolo
2014TimeChina ShangShe Space, Beijinggroup
2013The Temperature in the NorthChina Jolie Art Gallery, Shenyangsolo
2013WeChina Songzhuang Art Musem, Beijinggroup
2012THERMALUXChina PIN Gallery, Beijingsolo
2012Western China International Art BiennaleChina Yinchuan Culture & Art Center, Yinchuangroup
2012Slow LiveChina Li Space, Beijinggroup
2012Venation of New Art HistoryChina Qinhuangdao Contemporary Art Center, Qinhuangdaogroup
2012The First Session of Xinjiang Contemporary Art BiennaleChina Xinjiang International Convention & Exhibition Center, Urumqigroup
20127.5 PercentsChina Soka Art Center, Beijinggroup
2011A Loulan CitizenItaly ABC-ARTE, Genovasolo
2011In the Heat of the SunKorea Hyundai Gallery, Seoulgroup
2011I Believe China Songzhuang Art Musem, Beijinggroup
2011Four People Four WaysChina Pin Gallery, Beijinggroup
2011Micro LifeChina Soka Art Center, Beijinggroup
2011PervasionVenice 54th Venice Biennial, Chinese Paviliongroup
2010Yang Maoyuan in Ordos China Ordos Art Museum, Ordossolo
2010Yang Maoyuan 2010China Today Art Museum, Beijingsolo
2010Great PerformancesChina Pace Gallery, Beijinggroup
2010Renaissance RivalsSweden Eriksbergshallen, Goteborg group
2009Look InsideItaly Palazzo Medici Riccardi, Florencesolo
2009Taswir - Islamische Bildwelten and Moderne Germany Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlingroup
2009CHINA – Ein anderer BlickGermany Kunstverein Augsburg, Augsburggroup
2009Clues 2China HeJingyuan Art Musem, Beijinggroup
2009Art Summer Germany Hellerau – European Center for the Arts, Dresdengroup
2009Mahjong: Contemporary Chinese Art from the Sigg CollectionMassachusetts Peabody Essex Museum, Salemgroup
2009Facing ChinaHaugar - Vestfold Museum,Tonsberg, Norwaygroup
2008Silence. 88 Buddhas for Shanghai. Outdoor Project.Shanghai, Chinasolo
2008The Archetype, Germany The Horse & The QiALEXANDER OCHS Galleries. Berlinsolo
2008Facing ChinaStadtgalerie Schwaz, Austriagroup
2008Under the Sky – International Positions in Contemporary paintingChina White Space , Beijinggroup
2008We shall come over China Li Space, Beijinggroup
2008Hypallage – The Post-modern Mode of Chinese ContemporaryChina Hua Art Museum, Shenzhengroup
2008Die Wahren OrteGermany ALEXANDER OCHS Galleries, Berlingroup
2007Trace of the Time WHITE SPACE Gallery, Chinasolo
2007DDM Warehouse 2000-2007China DDM Warehouse, Shanghaigroup
2007Arrogance & RomanceChina Ordos Art Museum, Ordosgroup
200778910China Yibo Gallery, Shanghaigroup
2007Emotion&AestheticsChina Danish Art Exchange, Beijinggroup
2006Look InsideChina DDM Warehouse, Shanghaisolo
2006Look InsideChina Danish Art Exchange Centre, Beijingsolo
2005Clues White Space Beijing, China group
2005Mahjong – Contemporary Chinese Art from the Sigg CollectionSwitzerland Kunstmuseum, Berngroup
2005Dog DaysStephen Lawrence Gallery, U.K group
2004Red New Year: Chinese Art Films Midway LawU.K the Horse Hospital Contemporary Art Centre, Londongroup
2004DegeneratedBelgium Modern Chinese Art Foundation , Gentgroup
2004First Session China international construction art BiennaleBeijing, China group
2003Alors La ChineFrance Centre Pompidou, Parisgroup
2003Chinese Contemporary Art ExhibitionPoland National Art Museum of Poland, Warsawgroup
2003Artificial RespirationChina Sanhe Art Centre, Beijinggroup
2002Food in the Cattle’s StomachChina One World Art Central, Beijingsolo
2002When It RainsShanghai The Roof Leaks, DDM Warehousegroup
2002DreamUK Red Mansion, Londongroup
2002W.X.YChina China Art Archives & Warehouse, Beijinggroup
2002Too Much FlavorChina 3H Art Center, Shanghaigroup
2002ExchangeChina One World Art Center, Beijinggroup
2001The Exhibition of Contemporary Chinese PaintingsVilla Breda, Italygroup
2001New Jumping-Off PointChina Warehouse of Artists, Beijinggroup
2001WeighlessnessGermany Galerie Volker Diehl, Berlingroup
2001Chengdu Biennale 2001Chengdu, Chinagroup
2000Ache – Yin Beijing Xiao Yu, Yang Maoyuan Private ExhibitionMuseum of Design, Beijing, Chinagroup
2000Fuck offChina Donglang Art, Shanghaigroup
1999Yang Maoyuan’s PaintingsChina Guanyuan Hotel, Beijingsolo
1999Open ChannelsChina Dongyu Museum of the Fine Arts, Shenyanggroup
1999Chinese Contemporary Arts by Four ArtistsOdden Ladegaard, Denmarkgroup
1998Collection of Shanghe MuseumChina He Xiangning Gallery, Shenzhengroup
1997New Image-Exhibition of Conception Art PhotographyChina Beijing Sighting Art Center, Beijinggroup
1993Chinese Oil Painting BiennaleChina China Art Gallery, Beijinggroup
1993Exhibition of Contemporary Arts in North-EastChina Loaoning Art Gallery, Shenyanggroup
1989China Avant-Garde Art ExhibitionChina China Art Gallery, Beijinggroup