Yang Yongliang Born in 1980. Lives and works in Shanghai.
From an early age, Yonliang was taught Chinese traditional painting, calligraphy and various art forms for by professor YangYang form Hong Kong University. After that, Yongliang studied his major Visual Art at the China fine art academy in Shanghai.
In 2004 , he set up his own studio with friends, in which he took the role of Art Director. During this time, many of his experimental short films and artworks were nominated for and received prizes. Many of his articles were published in various magazines in the field. His book “Grand Church” was published as a teaching material.
Bowl of Tapei
Yang Yongliang believes that there are ways to move this art culture into more modern times by using the newest technology and techniques and blending them with the old. He says, “As long as the characteristics don’t change, the media you use to express the art doesn’t matter.
“With these ideas in mind, Yongliang recently created A Bowl of Taipei, in which he blends layers of photography into surreal compositions. Through digital manipulation, the artist built stunning landscapes in which, when viewed closely, the modern world of Taipei is revealed.
Yongliang juxtaposes this contemporary life by setting it within bowls that are considered some of the earliest known Chinese Jingdezhen porcelain. The series visually represents the past, the present, and the future of Chinese art and there is a calm and serene beauty within each landscape as waterfalls cascade down mountains, clouds fill the sky overhead, and buildings illuminate as nighttime falls.
Yongliang: ‘The ancient literati were inspired by the beauty of the bright reflection of the moon lying on the water, conceiving of it as a flat graphic image they wrote poetry and mythological tales. Western civilization shattered this illusion and proved the moon to be simply a grey ball….yet to me it seems much more romantic than that.
“Moonlight” describes the city’s puzzling urban nightscape. When the city lights up, its contours seem hardly discernible. Amidst the twinkling light, the moon waxes and wanes. The night view of the city becomes eternal…
Beethoven has always been my favorite musician. Beethoven’s music both inspires passion and can bring comfort to the soul, the exhibition title is inspired by Beethoven’s “Moonlight Sonata”. Hence, I hope this exhibition will bring into our complicated world a touch of quietness and relief to people.’
The Peach Blossom Colony
The Peach blossom Colony:
The work in this series references The “Land of Peach Blossom”, a dominant symbol in Chinese culture. First appearing in the Eastern Jin Dynasty, it represents the ideal of ancient China when the literati were allowed to reside in seclusion in order to escape reality. It was a spiritual refuge where criticism of society gave way to a totally worry free state of
Although it is centuries later, Yang Yongliang suggests in these works that people are still search- ing for this peace of mind. As modern China pursues a breakneck pace of development based on a culture of materialism, it has displaced its sense of spirituality. The romantic images Yang Yonliang recreates in these photographs juxtapose those two realms. In the foreground, we are returned to a world where human, animal and landscape exist in total harmony, an idyllic existence belied by the harsh reality of modern China taking place in the background.