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1966 born in Jilin, Jilin Province, China

Huang Yan graduated from the Changchun Teachers Academy in 1987 and currently lectures at Changchun University in China. In 1999, Huang Yan began a series of landscape paintings on the human body entitled “Chinese Landscapes”. Upon completion, these paintings were then photographed, therefore creating a performance, painting, and photograph all in one. Huang Yan’s work references a heritage that is inherent in Chinese culture, especially that traditional landscape paintings have become the embodiment of Chinese art. Rarely used in the ancient culture of painting, the human body has played an important role in the development of contemporary art in China since the end of the 1970’s. Huang Yan innovates tradition by transposing the art form onto the human body.