Born 1966 in Jilin Province, China.

Living in Jilin Province, China.


Huang Yan  (born 1966 in Jilin province, China) graduated from the Changchun Normal Academy in 1987.

As a poet inspired by the classic tradition of the Chinese calligraphy and of the landscape, Huang, with the help of his wife Zhang Tiemei, recovered the different supports - chairs and cow/ox bone at first, and then his own skin on which he painted the green-blue mountainous landscape. This art, rediscovering the tradition, is beyond all conceptional and decidedly contemporary forms. He joint a Chinese preoccupation to the humain bodies, here tattooed autoportrait.



Expositions personnelles


Huang Yan Solo Exhibition, Leo Gallery, Shanghai, China (solo)
Huang Yan Retrospective, Hong Kong Art Centre, Presented by Leo Gallery, Hong Kong (solo)
Faces, Leo Gallery, Shanghai, China


Michelle Mosko Fine Art, Denver, CO (solo)


June Chinese Zodiac-Huang Yan’s Solo Exhibition of Oil Paintings San Shang Art Space Beijing (solo)


Zen Painting, Must Be Art Center, Beijing
Xin Dong Cheng International Art Studio, Beijing
VIPS International Art Galleries, Holland Cotter

Body Scape - Solo exhibition, V!P's International Art Galleries in cooperation with China Art Trade, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

HUANG Yan , Red Gate Gallery, Pékin, Chine
HUANG Yan, Chinese Contemporary Art Gallery, Londres, GB.

100 International Artists, Casoria Contemporary Art Museum, Italy


Chinese landscape, Marella Project Space 1, Cosme, Italie

3rd World Art Exhibition, Milan, Italie
Huang Yan, Eastlink Gallery, Shanghai, Chine

Reflecting on Tradition, Hanart TZ Gallery, Hong Kong, Chine.
Ideal Image of Huang Yan, Beijing Contemporary Art Gallery, Pékin, Chine
Huang Yan, Eastlink Gallery, Shanghai, Chine

The Ideal Image of Huang Yan, Proper Art Gallery, Shenyang, Chine
Huang Yan 1998 – Post Art Exhibition, Beijing Contemporary Art Gallery, Chine

Poetry Art of Huang Yan, Proper Art Gallery, Shenyang, Chine.
Postal Art of Huang Yan, Beijing Contemporary Art Gallery, Pékin, Chine


Carving a Chair, Proper Art Gallery, Shenyang, Chine

Expositions de Groupe 


Typology Morphology, T+H Gallery, Boston


Ink Art: Past as Present in Contemporary China, The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Rising Dragon: Contemporary Chinese Photography, San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, California


Rising Dragon: Contemporary Chinese Photography, San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, California


Matrix: Landscape Exhibition, Leo Gallery, Shanghai, China
Picturesque Landscape: Huang Yan Solo Exhibition, Beijing, China
Areochine & Huang Yan, Leo Gallery, Shanghai, China
ART BASEL, Switzerland
1st International Ink Painting Biennale of Lin Zhou, China
The Armory Show, New York, NY
Body Scape 2012, V!P's International Art Galleries, Rotterdam, Netherlands


The New China, Leo Gallery, Shanghai, China


Asian Ink Masters, Ethan Cohen Fine Arts, New York, NY
Body Art, Cornerstone Arts Center, Colorado Springs, CO
Cuba Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Havana,Cuba
Beijing - Havana, New Contemporary Chinese art Revolution


Move No. 4, Qizhan Art Museum, Shanghai, China
VERSION-Chang Chun New Art Movement Of The 1980s Zhu Qizhan Art Museum Shanghai, China
Body Art Exhibition, Foothills Art Center, Golden, CO
interactive field of vision——Chinese leading contemporary art exhibition Shanghai Duolun Museum of Modern Art Shanghai, China
Free Zone: China Spazio in BSI, Via Magatti 2, Lugano, Switzerland
Art Paris 2008 Grand Palais, Paris, France
China... Forward! TSUM, Moscow, Russia

Contemporary China: Codes, visions and representations of the contemporary Chinese art, Rome Italy

Zwischen Vergangenheit und Zukunft - Neue Fotografie und Video aus China, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, Allemagne
Mahjong, Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg, Allemagne
Ruins: New Photography and Video from China, Institute of Visual Arts (inova), Gallery One, Milwaukee, E.U.
Northeast Contemporary Art Exhibition, Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangdong
Post Electronic Image, Must Be Art Center, Beijing
Relic, Irrawaddy Art City, Chicago, IL
Old and Well-known Family from Photography: Father, Son and I, Must Be Art Center, Beijing
Boundless Pause, Must Be Art Center, Beijing
Soldiers at the Gates-China/Chai-na, Architecture Art Exhibition, 706 East Space, Beijing China
China Cutting Edge: New Video Art from Shanghai and Beijing, Anthology Film Archives, New York
Expo.05 - Photo Chinoise, Galerie Loft, Paris, France
Between Past and Future: New Photography and Video From China, The Victoria and Albert Museum, Londres, Great Britain; Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, Washington, E.U.; Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, E.U. ; The David and Alfred Smart Museum of Art, The University of Chicago, E.U.
Body Scape, Contemporary Chinese Photography and Performance Documentation, Arc One Gallery, Melbourne, Australie
- Chinese Photography Now, Chinese Contemporary Art Gallery, Londres, Grande-Bretagne
La Cina, Spazio Oberdan, Milan, Italie
A Strange Heaven - Contemporary Chinese photography, Tennis Palace . City Art Museum, Helsinki, Finlande
The Venice Biennale, Venezia, Italie
Out of the Red, the photographic session, Marella Arte Contemporanea, Milan, Italie
Living in Interesting Times - A Decade of New Chinese Photography, The Open Museum of Photography at Tel Hai, Tel-Hai Industrial Park, Tel-Hai, Israel

Between Past and Future: New Photography and Video From China, ICP International Center of Photography, NY, E.U.
China 04 - La nuova fotografia cinese, Metropolis Photogallery, Bologna, Italie

A Strange Heaven - Contemporary Chinese Photography, Galerie Rudolfinum, Prague, République Tchèque
Prague Biennale - Project: Chinese Art Today, National Gallery, Veletrzni Palac, Prague, République Tchèque
Unlimit: Gao Brothers,Huang Yan and Zhuang Tiemei's Computerized Photography Exhibition, Beijing New Art Projects in Dashanzi Art District, Pékin, Chine
China / Israeli Image Art Exhibition, Israeli Embassy, Pékin, Chine
Go Marketing, Beijing Shangrila Art Commune, Pékin, Chine
Distance Measuring, Shenzhen Video Art Festival, Shenzen, Chine
Polish International Video Art Festival, Varsovie, Pologne
Italie International Video Art Festival, Rome, Italie
4th Annual International Behaviour Art Exhibition, Changchun, Chine
Mirage Heaven, Prague, République Tchèque
Ceramic Art Exhibition on Elongation & Breakthrough, Guangdong Art Gallery, Guangzhou, Chine


1st Guangzhou Triennale, Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou, Chine

The 1st Guangzhou Triennal : Reinterpretation, A Decade of Experimental Chinese Art, (1990-2000), Guangdong Museum of Art, Cuangzhou, Chine
The 2nd Pingyao International Photography Festival, Pingyao, Chine
How Big is the World, OK Contemporary Art Center, Autriche
Paris-Pékin, Espace Pierre Cardin, Paris, France
Limits of Bodies, Shangri-la Art Commune, Pékin

Polypolis, Art from Asian Pacific Megacities, Kunsthaus Hamburg, Hamburg, Allemagne.
Art Forum, Various Venues, Berlin, Allemagne
Hot Pot, Hunstnernes Hus, Oslo, Norvège
Asia Contemporary rt, Hamburg, Allemagne.
Red Hot, Red Gate Gallery, Pékin, Chine.
The First Chengdu Biennale, Chengdu Contemporary Art Museum, Chengdu, Chine
Charming China, Space Contemporary Art, Bangkok, Thailande
Virtual Future, Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou, Chine

Focus, Chinese Contemporary, Londres, Grande-Bretagne
Portrait, Figures, Couples and Groups, Shanghai, Chine
The Door of the Century, Chengdu Contemporary Art Museum, Chengdu, Chine
Fuck Off, Eastlink Gallery, Shanghai. Chine
Fiction and Reality, Wan Fung Gallery, Pékin, Chine
Everyday Attitude, Upriver Gallery, Chengdu, Chine
Future Way of Life, Xieyang sland performance art festival, Guanxi, Chine
Invention and Space, Yunfeng Gallery, Pékin, Chine
Charming China, Eastlink Gallery, Shanghai, Chine

The Traditional Visual Image, Shanghai, Chine
Unusual Way of Writing, Art Academy of Nanjing Normal University, Nanjing, Chine
Truths to Open, Bangkok University, Bangkok (Thaïland) & Beatus Gallery, Vancouver, (Canada)
Media Interruption, Art Commune, Hong Kong, Chine

0431 Video and Computer Art, Changchun, Chine.
Traditional and Anti-traditional Art, German Embassy, Pékin, Chine.
Image Telling Stories, Shanghai, Chine.
Obstinate Art Show, Pékin, Chine.
Chinese, New York, E.U..
Seven New Artists from NE China, Art Gallery of the Luxun, Chine
The Best of Chinese Contemporary Art, Proud Galleries, Londres, GB
Contemporary Art of China, Helsingborg, Suède.


New Image, Beijing Theatre,. Pékin, Chine

China’s New Art, Post ’89, Hong Kong Arts Center, Hong Kong ; Vancouver Art Gallery, Canada, Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago ; University of Oregon Art Museum, Eugene ; Fort Wayne Museum of Art, Indiana ; Salinas Art Center, Kansas ; San Jose Musuem Of Art, E.U. ; Marlborough Gallery, Londres, GB.
Mao Goes Pop, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, Australie.
Photographs and Prints by Huang Yan and 8 other artists, Hanart Gallery, Hong Kong, Chine.


Contemporary Oil Painting from China, Liaoning Art Museum, Liaoning, Chine

First Biennial Exhibition of Chinese Art in the 1990s, Guangzhou, Chine
Image of Object, Shenzhen, Hong Kong, Chine


Beijing Xi-san-huan: Chinese Art Documentaries, Pékin, Chine


Image of Object, Art Gallery of NE Normal University, Changchun