Born in 1964 in Ji’nan, Shandong Province, Wang Yin grew up in Qingdao. He graduated from the Department of Stage Design, the Central Academy of Drama in 1988. He lives and works in Beijing.
Wang Yin has established a reputation as being one of China’s foremost intellectual artists. Painting for Wang Yin is very much a vehicle for his long term research into issues of history and ideology, and central to this process is his strong affinity with Chinese art history, especially the modern history of Chinese oil painting. The cultural and ideological tension in Wang’s canvases don’t spring from his compositions per se, but from their apparent lack of contemporaneity. Their intricately subdued tones and ostensibly quiet subject matter convey issues at the very heart of – but often hidden by – contemporary life. The subjects of Wang Yin’s paintings are always anonymous people, anonymous things, anonymous places. The more anonymous they appear, the more they seem to approach the primal state of our encounter with the world.
Selected solo exhibition include:
Friendship, Mirrored Gardens, Guangzhou, 2018
The Gift, Ullens Center for Contemporary Art (UCCA), Beijing, 2016
Wang Yin, Tang Contemporary Art, Beijing，2014
Over There, China Art Archives & Warehouse (CAAW), Beijing，2003
Selected group exhibition include:
‘Super-Organism’ CAFAM Biennale 2011, CAFA Art Museum, Beijing, 2011
The 3rd Guangzhou Triennial, Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou, 2008
Hyper Design: The 6th Shanghai Biennial, Shanghai Art Museum, Shanghai, 2006
The 1st Guangzhou Triennial, Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou, 2002
Fuck off, Eastlink Gallery, Shanghai, 2000