Yang Yongliang

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Born in 1980 in Shanghai, Yang Yongliang graduated from the China Academy of Art in 2003. He now lives and works in Shanghai.

Working primarily with photography and video, Yang Yongliang is famed for his wry subversion of Chinese traditional landscape paintings where mountains are replaced by the combined photos of hundreds of skyscrapers and residential buildings. More recently he has been creating videos which extend the scope of his photographs by having animated elements such as cars, boats, waterfalls and advertising boards.

His work has been included in numerous exhibitions including at the Metropolitan Museum of Art New York, Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, Nevada Museum of Art, Museum of Contemporary Art Shanghai and Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris.


  • Graduated from China Academy of Art, Visual Communication, Shanghai, China


  • Born in Shanghai, China

Solo Exhibitions


  • Fall into Oblivion, Pearl Lam Galleries, Singapore


  • YAN, Shanghai Gallery of Art, Shanghai, China

  • FT5 Review with Yang Yongliang Film Screening, Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, Fukuoka, Japan


  • Yang Yongliang Solo Exhibition, Sophie Maree Gallery, Den Haag, Netherlands


  • Moonlit Metropolis, Schoeni Art Gallery, Hong Kong, China

  • Silent Valley, MC2 Gallery, Milano, Italy

  • The Moonlight, Galerie Paris-Beijing, Paris, France


  • The Moonlight, Magda Danysz Galleries, Shanghai, China

  • The Peach Colony, Galerie Paris-Beijing, Beijing, China

  • The Peach Blossom Colony, 18 Gallery, Shanghai, China

  • Window 70th:Yang Yongliang, Gallery Jinsun, Seoul, South Korea


  • Heavenly City, MC2 Gallery, Milan, Italy

  • Views from China:Yang Yongliang and The Modern Metropolis, Nevada Museum of Art, Reno, USA

  • Artistic Conception:Landscape, My Humble House, Taipei, China

  • Heavenly City, Galerie Paris-Beijing, Paris, France

  • Artificial Wonderland, 18 Gallery, Shanghai, China

  • Yang Yongliang Solo, Melbourne Intercultural Fine Art, Melbourne, Australia


  • Yang Yongliang Photographic Works, Limn Art Gallery, San Francisco, USA

  • City of Phantom Visions, OFOTO Gallery, Shanghai, China

  • On the Quiet Water, 45 Downstairs Gallery, Melbourne, Australia


  • Heavenly City & On the Quiet Water, OFOTO Gallery, Shanghai, China


  • Phantom Landscape, OFOTO Gallery, Shanghai, China

Selected Group Exhibitions


  • Disorder - Prix Pictet Award Exhibition, Somerest House, London, UK

  • Ink Remix:Contemporary art from China, Taiwan and Hong Kong, UNSW Galleries, Sydney, Australia


  • Prix Pictet Award Exhibition, Musée d’Art Moderne da la Ville, Paris, France

  • Grain and Pixel, Shanghai Center of Photography, Shanghai, China

  • Copyleft:China Appropriation Art, Power Station of Art, Shanghai, China

  • Shanghai Ever, Museum of Contemporary Art, Shanghai, China

  • Bizzarreland – Exhibition of Chinese Contemporary Photography, Dadi Art Museum, Hefei, China; Kunstraum Villa Friede, Bonn, Germany

  • China8 – Contemporary Art from China, Für Kunst und Kultur e.V., Bonn, Germany

  • Aandacht! Aandacht! – Stormopkomst Festival, De Warande, Turnhout, Belguim

  • 1st Overclock Festival, Espace Nova-Velaux, Velaux, France

  • State of Play, White Rabbit Gallery, Sydney, Australia

  • Ink Remix:Contemporary Art from China, Taiwan and Hong Kong, Canberra Museum and Gallery, Canberra, Australia

  • Dislocation:Urban Experience in Contemporary East Asian Photography, Smith College Museum of Art, Northampton, USA

  • 2050. A Brief History of the Future, Royal Museum of Fine Arts, Antwerp, Brussels; The Louvre”, Paris, France

  • Humanistic Nature and Society – An Insight into the Future, 56th International Art Exhibition of La Viennale di Venezia, Venice, Italy


  • Human Landscape, Dominik Mersch Gallery, Sydney, Australia

  • Art & Arcade, MU Strijp-S, Eindhoven, Netherlands

  • Outside the Lines - New Art From China, RH Contemporary Art, New York, USA

  • Tradition-Reversal,’Sarajevo Winter’ the 30th International Festival of Sarajevo, Collegium Artisticum, Sarajevo, Greece

  • Aura of Poetry, Museum of Contemporary Art, Shanghai, China

  • 1st Xinjiang International Art Biennale, Urumqi, China

  • Phantom City, Rotorua Museum, Rotorua, New Zealand

  • In the Absence of Avant-garde Reading, 798 Art Factory, Beijing, China

  • 5th Fukuoka Asian Art Triennale, Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, Fukuoka, Japan

  • Origins, Memories and Parodies – 5th Daegu Photo Biennale, Culture&Arts Center, Daegu, South Korea

  • Contemporary Photography in China 2009-2014, Minsheng Art Museum, Shanghai, China

  • China’s Changing Landscape, Nordiska Akvarellmuseet, Skärhamn, Sweden

  • 4th Singapore International Photography Festiva, Singapore ArtScience Museum, Singapore

  • Babel, Destiny of A Myth, Bibliothèques de Pantin, Pantin, France

  • Staging Encounters – Ten Years of Chinese Contemporary Photography 2005-2014, Lianzhou Foto, Lianzhou, China

  • Hohe Berge, fließendes, Chinesischen Kulturezentrum Berlin, Berlin, Germany


  • Ink Art:Past as Present in Contemporary China, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, USA

  • Insightful Charisma, Himalayas Art Museum, Shanghai, China

  • DE LEUR TEMPS, Hangar à Bananes Art Center, Nantes, France

  • Images Festival:How Far away Is the Horizon?, Holbæk, Denmark

  • Occupy Utopia, Copenhagen, Denmark

  • Seven Sunsets, Shanghai Gallery of Art, Shanghai, China

  • Space-time:5th Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art, Moscow, Russia

  • 1,2,3,b4, Donation of Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art, Contemporary Art Center of Thessaloniki -SMCA, Thessaloniki, Greece

  • New Ink:An Exhibition of Ink Art by Post-1970 Artists from the Yiqingzhai Collection, Sotheby’s Hong Kong Gallery, Hong Kong, China

  • Et la Chine s’est éveillée…, Espace d’art contemporain Thonon-Les-Bains, Thonon- les-bains, France

  • Stad in Beeld, Beeld van een Stad, Stedelijk Museum Zwolle, Zwolle, Netherlands

  • Venti d’oriente, Galleria Al Blu di Prussia, Naples, Italy

  • Dreamers:AlexandFelix / Alessandro Lupi / Yang Yongliang, Palazzo Tagliaferro Contemporary Culture Center, Milano, Italy

  • Landmark:The Fields of Photography, Somerset House, London, UK


  • A Sprinkle of Salt:Shi Zhiying / Yang Yongliang, MOT ARTS, Taipei, China

  • Printed Image in China 8th - 21th Century, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, USA

  • Conceptual Renewal - Short History of Chinese Contemporary Photographical Art, SiShang Art Museum, Beijing, China

  • Creators Project:Beijing 2012, Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing, China

  • Damaged Heritage:Jiangnan in Contemporary Photography, Bottega Veneta Art Space, Shanghai, China

  • Babel, Museum of Fine Arts of Lille, Lille, France

  • Time Catcher, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia


  • Contemporary Photography in China, Bangalore / Delhi / Mumbai / Kolkata / Ahmedebad, India

  • One Hundred Flowers, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia

  • Metropolis / City Life in the Urban Age, Noorderlicht International Photo Festival, Groningen, Netherlands

  • The Eye is A Lonely Hunter:Images of Humankind, 4th Edition of the Foto Festival, Mannheim / Ludwigshafen / Heidbelberg, Germany

  • Landscape - Poetry Without Sound, Chinese Contemporary Landscapes From the Sigg Collection, Kunstmuseum Luzern, Luzern,Switzerland

  • Words and Dreams:Where Technology Meets Dreams and Vice Versa, 18 Gallery, Shanghai, China


  • China’s Soul:Maleonn / Yang Yongliang / Zhang Dali, Magda Danysz Galleries, Paris, France

  • Digital Generation, Paris-Beijing Photo Gallery, Beijing, China

  • Urban Utopia, Charly Bailly Contemporary, Geneva, Switzerland


  • Art Now 2007, Danwon Arts Festival - Contemporary Art Festival, Gyeonggido Museum of Modern Art, Ansan, South Korea