Xiang Yang (Chinese, b.1967) was born and raised in China and moved to the United States in 1998. While living in Beijing, he graduated from the China Academy of Arts and created several projects including a mural for the Beijing International Airport (1992) and a public art project for the City of Beijing (1995). He has exhibited works at venues including the Museum of Art and Design (NYC), Scope Miami, Painted Bride Art Center (Philadelphia), Art Alliance (Philadelphia), and National Art Museum of China (Beijing). His piece, Harmony Tower, was commissioned for the Future Pavilion of the 2010 Shanghai EXPO.
Xiang Yang is best known for his installations and sculpture constructed by silk threads. The works synthesize the traditions of China: philosophy and religious thought, art and craft, with a new range of material, form, and critical thought encountered in contemporary Western art practice. Working at the intersection of two worlds gives Xiang an insider and outsider status, providing him with a deeper understanding of the unity of seeming opposites. In matters personal and global, it is the relationship of opposing ideas and existence that Xiang Yang explores in his art practice.
Xiang was chosen as the Most Obsessive Artist of 2007 in Philadelphia City Paper “Choice Award 07”. His work is in the permanent collection of the National Art Museum of China. Xiang currently lives between New York and Beijing.