Yang Fudong was born in Beijing in 1971. He graduated from the China Academy of Fine Arts, Oil Painting Department in Hangzhou. He is among the most successful and influential Chinese artists today. He was one of finalists shortlisted for the Hugo Boss Prize in 2004 and received this honor as the third Chinese artist after Cai Guoqiang and Huang Yongping. Now he works and lives in Shanghai.
Yang Fudong has participated in prestigious international art events including Art and China after 1989: Theater of the World, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, U.S.A. (2017); Bentu - Chinese Artists In A Time of Turbulence and Transformation, Foundation Louis Vuitton, Paris, France (2016); La Biennale de Lyon 2013, Lyon, France (2013); Sharjah Biennial 11, Sharjah Art Foundation, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates (2013); 17th Biennale of Sydney 2010, THE BEAUTY OF DISTANCE: Songs of Survival in a Precarious Age, Sydney Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, Australia (2010); 52nd International Art Exhibition Venice Biennale, Think with the Senses-Feel with the Mind, Venice, Italy (2007); The 5th AsiaPacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT5), Gallery of Modern Art (GoMA), Queensland Art Gallery, Queensland, Australia (2006); FACT Liverpool (Liverpool Biennial 2004), Liverpool, U.K. (2004); 50th International Art Exhibition Venice Biennale, Dreams and Conflicts. The Dictatorship of the Viewer, Venice, Italy (2003); Documenta 11, Kassel, Germany (2002); 4th Shanghai Biennale, Urban Creation, Shanghai Art Museum, Shanghai (2002); Yokohama 2001: International Triennale of Contemporary Art, Yokohama, Japan (2001); 7th International Istanbul Biennial, Istanbul, Turkey (2001); Useful Life, Temporary Space, Shanghai (2000); Art for Sale, Shanghai Plaza, Shanghai (1999); Post-Sense Sensibility, Alien Bodies and Delusion, Beijing (1999) etc.
He had had solo-shows at most acclaimed institutions and galleries, such as Dawn Breaking, Long Museum (West Bund), Shanghai (2018); Moving Mountains, Shanghai Center of Photography, Shanghai (2016); Twin Tracks: Yang Fudong Solo Exhibition, Yuz Museum, Shanghai (2015); The Light That I Feel, SALT outdoor video installation, Sandhornoya, Norway (2014); Yang Fudong: Estranged Paradise, Works 1993-2013, The Kunsthalle Zurich, Switzerland (2013); Quote Out of Context, Solo Exhibition of Yang Fudong, OCT Contemporary Art Terminal, Shanghai (2012); One Half of August, Yang Fudong Solo Exhibition, Parasol Unit Foundation for Contemporary Art, London, U.K. (2011); Yang Fudong: Seven Intellectuals in a Bamboo Forest and Other Stories, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens, Greece (2010); Dawn Mist, Separation Faith, Yang Fudong's Solo Exhibition, Zendai Museum of Modern Art, Shanghai (2009); Yang Fudong: the General's Smile, Hara Museum, Tokyo, Japan (2008); Yang Fudong: Don't worry, it will be better..., Kunsthalle, Wien, Austria (2005) etc.