Yan Xing

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Chongqing, China, 1986.

Lives and works between Los Angeles and Beijing. 


Yan Xing is known for his multi-component, interdisciplinary projects that combine diverse media such as performance, video, photography, installation and painting. Yan Xing has built a complex, compelling body of work that reflects critically on how history is manufactured today. Through the intensive investigation of literature, history, and art theory, he has worked out an artistic narrative governed by its own logic. His works circulate around large themes such as negativity, resistance, and order, exploring their complex interrelations


Yan Xing was born in Chongqing in 1986. He graduated from the Oil Painting depart-ment of the Sichuan Fine Arts Institute in 2009. In the same year, he moved to Beijing and founded Yan Xing Studio. In 2012 Yan Xing won the Chinese Contemporary Art Award for Best Young Artist; that year, he also received a nomination for the Future Generation Art Prize from the Pinchuk Art Centre and Focus on Talents Project from Today Art Museum.


Yan Xing has exhibited and performed extensively, at venues such as the Kunsthal-le Basel; Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam; Rubell Family Collection, Miami, FL; Asian Art Museum, San Francisco, CA; Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI; Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing; Chinese Arts Centre, Manchester; Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, TX; Kadist Art Fou-ndation, San Francisco, CA; Tenuta Dello Scompiglio, Capannori; Espacio de Arte Contemporáneo, Montevideo; Musée d’Art Contemporain du Val-de-Marne, Vitry--sur-Seine; Institut d’Art Contemporain, Villeurbanne; Tromsø Kunstforening; Power Station of Art, Shanghai; China Central Academy of Fine Arts Museum, Beijing; Ibe-ria Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing. His works have been featured at 7th Shen-zhen Sculpture Biennale (2012); 3rd Moscow International Biennale for Young Art (2012) and 3rd Ural Industrial Biennial of Contemporary Art (2015), among others.

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