Yang Jiechang

born in 1956 in Guangdong Province, Yang Jiechang currently lives and works in Heidelberg and Paris. After graduating from the Guangzhou Fine Arts Academy in 1982, he took up a rigorous study of the Tao with the Taoist master, Huangtao. Simultaneously he became active in the contemporary art scene in China which was then undergoing rapid development. One of his aims is to promote autonomous regional and marginal expression. Yang Jiechang gained international recognition through the exhibition of his large monochrome ink paintings, severe in their abstraction and spirituality, in "Les magiciens de la terre" in the Centre Pompidou in Paris in 1989. Nevertheless, his œuvre comprises a variety of media: painting, video, installation, and interventions.