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b. 1980, works and lives in Beijing
City of Sadness
oil on canvas


Yan Bing was born in 1980 in Tianshui, Gansu Province, China and graduated from Central Academy of Fine Arts in 2007, 3rd Studio of the Oil Painting Department. He lives and works in Beijing. Yan Bing directly uses ordinary or even primitive everyday objects as materials in his creation of different medium, and probes their spiritual dimension through painting. Hidden behind the prosaic items of daily life he depicts is his own perception of life. The emotions revealed in Yan Bing's works are complex, while the simplicity is permeated with his sentiment and speculation, pain and joy. These works exuding an ancient quality reflects the artist’s profound thinking about the relationship between his personal experience and the current living world.

Recent solo exhibitions include: Yan Bing: Pear Blossom Turns White, Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou (2022); Yan Bing: Suddenly, Everything Became Clear, ShanghART, Shanghai (2021); Yan Bing: At First the Weather Was Fine, ShanghART Beijing, Beijing (2019); YAN Bing, Shanghai Minsheng Art Museum, Shanghai (2016); Superfluous Things, No.5, Hive Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing (2013); Farming Poems, White Box Museum of Art, Beijing (2012); My Labour, Gallery Yang, Beijing (2011); 51㎡14#, Taikang Space, Beijing (2010); Yan Bing: Temperature, UCCA, Beijing (2009). He also participated in numerous group exhibitions held by institutions including CAFA Museum, Beijing; Red Brick Art Museum, Beijing; Start Museum, Shanghai; Minsheng Art Museum, Beijing; Urban Arts Space, Ohio State University, U.S.A.; RH Contemporary Art, New York, U.S.A.; Xi'an Art Museum, Xi'an; Taikang Space, Beijing; Guanshanyue Art Museum, Shenzhen and G·ART, Nanjing.


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