HUANG YAN (1966)


Huang Yan was born in 1966 in Jilin Province, China. He is particularly known for his series of landscape on body works which are classical paintings directly painted on the body or face of the artist.

By redefining his own body as a canvas and combining imagery of traditional Chinese ink painting with a contemporary setting, Huang Yan creates a new conceptual context. As artists and subjects of their own investigation, Huang Yan and Zhang Tiemei reflect the omnipresent cultural angst of their generation in contemporary China. "The fact is, beyond the characteristic of being ‘painted in the colors of traditional culture’, Huang Yan’s work projects a profound anxiety that constitutes one of the most central components of his narrative discourse" (Zhang Zhaohui).