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Yang Xun (b. 1981), a native of Chongqing, attended the Sichuan Fine Arts Institute graduating from the oil painting department in 2005. Since his graduation, Yang Xun has taken part in numerous exhibitions in China and abroad, and has been recognized as one of the most original painters of his generation. Currently he lives and works in Beijing. Deeply affected by traditional Chinese culture and imagery, Yang Xun’s body of work often draws its inspiration from the world of Chinese gardens, Chinese opera as well as the iconographic patterns of moon-shaped flower paintings dating back to the Song Dynasty. Rays of light, another leitmotif of Yang’s oeuvre, shine from the heart of the compositions of the artist, unfolding in front of the viewer and blooming like fireworks imbued with a transient yet extraordinary beauty. In Yang’s paintings and most recent installations, light is used to search for memories and fix fragments of history in time; it acts as the eternal time machine, the mental link that the artist employs to create a link between the past and the present. Devoid of any human presence, Yang Xun's pieces are a reflection on the complex relationship between contemporary life and the traditional patterns that used to be at its core.


I am interested in re-emphasizing the cultural phenomena that are blurred and marginalized by reality. Right now the process is a review and recognition of traditional Chinese cultural and historical experiences from deconstruction to reconstruction. I want to create a déjà vu experience for my viewers. It starts from the subjective imagination of traditional culture, which is both real and elusive in the minds of our generation. I seek out and examine their relationship to me - carefully, with a lantern.


1981Born in Chongqing
2001Graduated from the Sichuan Fine Arts Institute High School
2005Bachelor’s in Oil Painting Department of the Sichuan Fine Arts Institute
Solo Exhibitions:
2011Memory Loss,Richard Koh Fine Art, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Memory Loss, Art Seasons Gallery, Singapore
2010Memory Loss, Fun Art Space, Beijing
2009Broken Memory, The Art Z-Park 1st International Art Exposition, Fun Art Space, Beijing
2008The Time That It Carved Light, Fun Art Space, Seoul, Korea
Group Exhibitions:
2011The first Singapore art exposition, Xin dong cheng Space for Contemporary Art, Singapore
2010Art Rotterdam Art Fair, CANVAS,Rotterdam, The Netherlands
The Annual Convention for Chinese Critics and 1st Annual Nomination Exhibition for New Talented Artists, 501Contemporay Art Museum, Chongqing
"You West I East", Shenzhen Art Museum, Shenzhen; Wuhan Art Museum, Wuhan; XianArt , Xian
"Transformation of History" China youth of New Art Invitational Exhibition, Today Art Museum,Beijin
"Node - New sight in Chinese Contemporary Art", Xin Dong Cheng Space for Contemporary Art, Beijing
"We" 2010 Huangjueping Annual Exhibitiion, Huangjueping Contemporary Art Gallery, Chongqing
2009Lost Paradise, Fun Art Space, Beijing
Tokyo Ultra Art Exposition, Office 339, Tokyo, Japan
The Art Z-Park 1st International Art Exposition, Fun Art Space, Beijing
"Chinese Gardens for Living" Europalia 2009, The Square, Brussels, Belgium
The 1st Youth Art Biennial, International Convention and Exhibition Center, Chongqing
Around 30 years, Sino-Japanese Exchange Center, Tokyo, Japan
ASYAAF, Seoul, Korea
“Less is More", Heng Contemporary Art Center, Nanjing
"Both of Us", 501Contemporary Art Museum, Chongqing
Chinese International Gallery Exposition, Fun Art Space, Beijing
"One Child Generation", Huangjiaoping Contemporary Art Gallery, Chongqing
2008"Us" China 30-Year Contemporary Art Show, National Center for the Performing Arts, Beijing
"I'm Circulating" The Trihedron Group First Chapter Exhibition, 501 Contemporary Art Museum, Chongqing
"The Dream interrupted", Fun Art Space, Beijing
2007Dream Wizard Contemporary Art Exhibition, 501 Contemporary Art Museum, Chongqing
New China at New Gallery, New Gallery, Houston, USA
2007 China Cutting Edge Painting Prize, Yan Huang Art Museum, Beijing
"With Borders, Without Borders", Volkswagen Olympic Art Exhibition, Beijing, Shanghai, Berlin
Academy Group Show - Sichuan Fine Arts institute, C5 Arts Center, Beijing, China
2006"Beyond the Horizon" New Age Group Exhibition, Gallery on Old Bailey, Hong Kong
British Royal Art Collection Exhibition, London
"Chongqing Chillies", Qingdao Art Museum, Qingdao
"China Bit Plot", Ogilvy 0 Gallery, Beijing
"Moving Borders", Tank Lofts Art Center, Chongqing
"A Tale of Two Cities", Art Seasons Gallery, Beijing, Singapore, lndonesia
Taiwan Art Fair, Taipei, China
2005"New Vision" The Second All-China Art Academies Oil Painting Exhibition, He Xiangning Art Gallery, Shennzhen
The 2nd Chengdu Biennale, Chengdu Modern Art Centre, Chengdu, China
Singapore Art Fair, Singapore
Inaugural Arts Seasons Gallery Exhibition, Jakarta, Indonesia
Mall Art Award Winners Exhibition, Chongqing Art Museum, Chongqing
The 3rd Chongqing Artworks Exhibition, Chongqing Art Museum, Chongqing
The 10th All-China Art Exhibition Chongqing Selection Exhibition, Chongqing Art Museum, Chongqing
2004The 10th national art exhibition of chongqing submitted,Chongqing Art Museum, Chongqing
2003The 1st Oil Painting Exhibition of Chongqing, Chongqing Art Museum, Chongqing