Artist of the moment…..Huang Yan

Huang Yan was born in Jilin Province, China in 1956. Huang Yan is renown for his contemporary painting and photography skills. One of his best acclaimed series was titled Chinese Landscapes. This involved using the human skin for a canvas and covering it with ink (tatoos) that represented the traditional Chinese landscape.

For most of his works the artist focuses on a certain time period in Chinese history, that of the Song Dynasty. What is most enjoyable about this is that ancient Chinese art focused on a mood, atmosphere, or certain elements like water. His works incorporate the human figure into a time period in which the human figure was usually absent. Very unique and creative. An artistic photoshop if you will! In the Chinese culture nudity and the human figure is just beginning a slow evolution into acceptance into main stream society.

In this clip we visit  a show from 2007.

Huang Yan is also a writer an talented poet. Another great reason to follow this artist is that he has written books celebrating other contemporary Chinese artists.

The artist is similar to rebel artist Ai Weiwei in that he looks to push society and current culture to the limit. One photograph that brought ridicule was of a naked woman running across the Great Wall of China! What a daring statement by an artist from the Chinese culture.

His wife is also a renown artist named Zhang Tiemei. She also has a unique style incorporating the human figure and the traditional Chinese landscape. Below an example of her work.


The couple live and work out of Beijing, China.

price range information: Works range from oils that cost between $2,000 and $10,000. Photographic prints range $5,000 to $75,000. The artist has also done some porcelain works but not enough are available to form a pricing schedule.

Huang Yan has been a guest lecturer at Changchun University located his home province of Jilin. The university has around 13,000 students.

Great to see so many current artists are both accomplished painters and photographers.


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