Zhang Yirong

1979, Shaanxi, China


Zhang Yirong is known for her quietly sophisticated butterfly and flower painting. Born in 1979 in Shaanxi, China, Zhang first received her training in classical Chinese ink painting at a young age from her father, Zhang Xiubiao. In 2001 she obtained her BA from Communication University of China, Beijing and an MA from Peking University in 2008. Upon graduation, she practiced ink painting and has created meticulous works that display her ability to capture painted subjects in exquisite and analytical details.

Her art, which often feature a feminine sensitivity and natural style, is swept up in a wide range of classical influences and inspirations from the Song and Yuan Dynasties, particularly the Song Dynasty artistic tradition of direct observation. Zhang’s elegantly wrought compositions avoid hackneyed themes and instead focus on an organic source of perfected beauty. 

In recent years, Zhang has held solo exhibitions in Moscow and Suzhou. Additionally, she has participated in  group exhibitions hosted by prestigious museums, including the Art Institute of Chicago, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, New York Historical Society, Harn Museum of Art at the University of Florida, and the Art Museum of the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Zhang's exceptional artworks have been acquired by renowned institutions such as the Brooklyn Museum in New York, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Houston Museum of Fine Arts, and the Harn Museum of Art.

Alisan Fine Arts has also been showcasing Zhang's paintings in numerous group exhibitions and art fairs for more than a decade. They include Beyond the Jade Terrace in 2014, showcasing four young woman Chinese artists; a joint exhibition with Tai Xiangzhou in 2017; Contemporary Chinese Art in Cromwell Place, London in 2022; and Ink Alchemy in 2023. We have also featured her works at prominent art events such as Art Basel Hong Kong, Art Taipei, and Ink Asia.


1979 Born in Shaanxi, China

2001 BA from Communication University of China, Beijing, China

2008 MA from Peking University, Beijing, China

Present Lives and works in Beijing, China


  • Ink painting of Zhang Yirong, Catherine Palace, Moscow, Russia
  • Buddha and Flower, Uspace, Suzhou, China






  • Ink Dreams: Selections from the Fondation INK Collection, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, USA

  • Dreaming Together: Asia Society’s Triennial, New York Historical Society, New York, USA




2017   2015  
  • Ink paintings by Constance Fong and Yirong Zhang, The Chinese Porcelain Company, New York, United States
  • Ink paintings by Constance Fong and Yirong Zhang, The Chinese Porcelain Company, New York, United States
  • Another Landscape, Edge Gallery, Hong Kong
  • The Chinese Porcelain Company, Asia Week New York, United States

Brooklyn Museum, New York, USA
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, USA
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, USA
Harn Museum of Art, University of Florida, Gainesville, USA