Born in 1966 in Jilin, China. Living in Beijing, China.
Huang Yan graduated from the Changchun Teachers Academy in 1987. Since 1994, he has recorded his ideas and behavioral art through oil painting and photography.
In 1999, Huang Yan began a series of landscape paintings on the human body entitled “Chinese Landscapes”, in which he tatooes his own body to reference a heritage that is inherent in Chinese culture, these traditional landscape paintings which have become the embodiment of Chinese art. This work has been remarked by famous curators and by Ai Wei Wei himself, who included it into his exhibition Fuck Off in 2000.

Huang Yan has had solo exhibitions in worldwide capitals and frequently participates to group manifestations. His works are collected by many important art museums around the world, such as National Centre of the Performing Art in China, The National Art Museum of China, The British Museum, Centre Georges Pompidou, Victoria &Albert Museum, The International Center of Photography New York, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, etc.Huang Yan graduated from the Changchun Teachers Academy in 1987. Since 1994, he has recorded his ideas and behavioral art through oil painting and photography.




Huang Yan Retrospective, Hong Kong Art Centre, Hong Kong
Faces, Leo Gallery, Shanghai, China


Michelle Mosko Fine Art, Denver, USA


Chinese Zodiac - Huang Yan’s Solo Exhibition of Oil Paintings, San Shang Art Space, Beijing, China


Zen Painting, Must Be Art Center, Beijing, China
Xin Dong Cheng International Art Studio, Beijing, China
Body Scape, V!P's International Art Galleries in cooperation with China Art Trade, Rotterdam, Netherlands


Red Gate Gallery, Beijing, China
Chinese Contemporary Art Gallery, London, UK


Chinese Landscape, Marella Project Space 1, Como, Italy


3rd World Art Exhibition, Milan, Italy
Eastlink Gallery, Shanghai, China


Reflecting on Tradition, Hanart TZ Gallery, Hong Kong
The Ideal Image of Huang Yan, Beijing Contemporary Art Gallery, Beijing, China
Eastlink Gallery, Shanghai, China


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


Poetry Art of Huang Yan, Proper Art Gallery, Shenyang, China
Postal Art of Huang Yan, Beijing Contemporary Art Gallery, Beijing, China


Carving a Chair, Proper Art Gallery, Shenyang, China




2nd Visual Art Biennale of China, Guanyao Museum of Contemporary Art, Guanyao, China


The Memory of the City: China Rubbings of Culture and Art, multiples venues, China


China - Australia International Art Biennale, Melbourne, Australia


Ink Art: Past as Present in Contemporary China, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, USA
Rising Dragon: Contemporary Chinese Photography, San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, USA


Areochine & Huang Yan, Leo Gallery, Shanghai, China
Art Basel, Basel, Switzerland
The Armory Show, New York, USA
Body Scape 2012, V!P's International Art Galleries, Rotterdam, Netherlands


Art Basel Miami, Miami, USA
The New China, Leo Gallery, Shanghai, China


Asian Ink Masters, Ethan Cohen Fine Arts, New York, USA
Beijing - La Havana, New Contemporary Chinese Art Revolution, Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, La Havana, Cuba


Free Zone: China Spazio in BSI, Via Magatti 2, Lugano, Switzerland
Art Paris 2008, Grand Palais, Paris, France
China... Forward!, TSUM, Moscow, Russia


Post-Electronic Image, Must Be Art Center, Beijing, China
Relic, Irrawaddy Art City, Chicago, USA
China Cutting Edge: New Video Art from Shanghai and Beijing, Anthology Film Archives, New York, USA


Expo. 05 - Photo Chinoise, Galerie Loft, Paris, France
Between Past and Future: New Photography and Video From China, The Victoria & Albert Museum, London, UK ; Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, USA ; Museum of Contemporary Art, The David and Alfred Smart Museum of Art, Chicago,USA
Body Scape, Contemporary Chinese Photography and Performance Documentation, Arc One Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
A Strange Heaven - Contemporary Chinese photography, Tennis Palace City Art Museum, Helsinki, Finland
51st Venice Biennale, Venice, Italiy
100 International Artists, Casoria Contemporary Art Museum, Casoria, Italy
Out of the Red, the photographic session, Marella Arte Contemporanea, Milan, Italy


China 04 - La nuova fotografia cinese, Metropolis Photogallery, Bologna, Italy


Prague Biennale, Veletrzni Palac, Prague, Czech Republic
International Video Art Festival, Rome, Italy


1st Guangdong Triennal, Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangdong, China
2nd Pingyao International Photography Festival, Pingyao, China
Paris-Pékin, Espace Pierre Cardin, Paris, France


Polypolis, Art from Asian Pacific Megacities, Kunsthaus Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany
Hot Pot, Hunstnernes Hus, Oslo, Norway
Red Hot, Red Gate Gallery, Beijing, China
1st Chengdu Biennale, Chengdu Contemporary Art Museum, Chengdu, China
Charming China, Space Contemporary Art, Bangkok, Thailand


Focus, Chinese Contemporary, London, UK
Fuck Off, Eastlink Gallery, Shanghai, China
Fiction and Reality, Wan Fung Gallery, Pékin, China
Everyday Attitude, Upriver Gallery, Chengdu, China
Future Way of Life, Xieyang Sland Performance Art Festival, Guanxi, China
Invention and Space, Yunfeng Gallery, Beijing, China


Traditional and Anti-traditional Art, German Embassy, Beijing, China
Seven New Artists from NE China, Art Gallery of the Luxun, China
The Best of Chinese Contemporary Art, Proud Galleries, London, UK
Contemporary Art of China, Helsingborg, Sweden


New Image, Beijing Theatre, Beijing, China


China’s New Art, Post ’89, Hong Kong Arts Center, Hong Kong ; Vancouver Art Gallery, Canada ; Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago, USA ; San Jose Museum Of Art, USA ; Marlborough Gallery, London, UK, etc...
Mao Goes Pop, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, Australia
Photographs and Prints by Huang Yan and 8 other artists, Hanart Gallery, Hong Kong, China


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


1st Biennial of Chinese Art, Guangzhou, China


Beijing Xi-san-huan: Chinese Art Documentaries, Beijing, China


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