Yang Yongliang, born in 1980, lives and works at Shanghai. He depends heavily on his a camera and a laptop computer to make his art. Using these tools, Yang established a connection between traditional art and the contemporary art.
Indeed, he learned traditional Chinese art and culture during his childhood, which has influenced his art. He combines ancient Chinese art techniques, such as shui mo painting and calligraphy, with photographic elements of modern urban Shanghai, arranged in the traditional composition of Chinese landscape, to produce artworks with a perfect balance between fragility and danger, beauty and cruelty. He’s among a generation of young artists who came of age after the Chinese Cultural Revolution, and therefore embraces a level of artistic freedom.
Yang Yongliang invents urban scenes that depict skyscrapers under construction, freeway systems, electrical power plants, and bustling urban corridors. His compositions starkly reveal the impacts of technological progress that China has undergone over past decades.
Yang Yongliang’s work has been exhibited at Moscow Biennale, Ullens Center for Contemporary Art and National Gallery of Victoria among others and is collected by public institutes such as the British Museum and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.