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YIN ZHAOYANG

Henan, China  b.1970 

Yin Zhaoyang was born in 1970 in Nanyang, Henan province. He graduated from the Printing Department at the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing in 1996. For over two decades, Beijing-based contemporary artist Yin Zhaoyang has been creating shockingly expressive and provoking works that explore the sense of anxiety, melancholic sentiments and bewilderment that young people experienced in the swiftly changing social environment in the post-Mao China. As a representative figure in the style known as Youth Cruelty that was developed among a group of contemporary Chinese artists in mid-1990s, Yin is best known for his realistic portraitures of youths, often his self-images or artists and poets from his circle of friends, with fierce or nonchalant expression.

 

In recent years, Yin’s works have shifted towards representations of landscape and become increasingly abstract and conceptual. With bold colors, he expresses his individuality, inner feelings, thoughts, pursuits and state of mind through his expressive brushstrokes in depicting landscape in styles and manners that are reminiscent to the traditional literati painting. His several visits to the Songshan Mountains inspired him to create works that privilege spirit and brushwork over form-likeness, and value calligraphic expressiveness over mimesis. In this new body of work, Yin Zhaoyang transforms classical landscape styles into abstract brush idioms and by manipulating their thickening and thinning calligraphic elements, creating a fused, illusionistic, pictorial surface that allowed him to master both nature and history.

Yin Zhaoyang was born in 1970 in Nanyang, Henan province. He graduated from the Printing Department at the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing in 1996. Yin’s works have been the subject of numerous solo exhibitions at Matthew Liu Fine Arts, Shanghai, China, 2016; Line Gallery, Beijing, China, 2015; Henan Museum, Zhengzhou, China, 2015 and 2011; Hive Center Contemporary Art, Beijing, China, 2013; Tang Contemporary, Hong Kong, China, 2010; Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangdong, China, 2010; Shanghai Art Museum, Shanghai, China, 2010; Today Art Museum, Beijing, China, 2008; Museum of Central Academy of Fine Art, Beijing, China, 2004; Beijing Art Museum, Beijing, China, 2001. His selected group exhibitions include, PAINTING Twenty Multiplied By Twenty, Poly Art Museum, China, 2015; Lost Portrait, Long Museum, Shanghai, China, 2014; Oriental Art Master Exhibition on Paper When Foreign Lands Encounter the Youth, Today Art Museum, Beijing, China, 2014; The Upstairs Youth, Times Art Museum, Beijing, China, 2010. The artist currently lives and works in Beijing.