Shao Yan

1962, Shandong Province China

Introduction

Shao Yan was born in Shandong Province in 1962. He studied Fine Arts at Shandong Laiyang University in 1981 and at the Central Academy of Fine Arts, city, in 1990. He currently lives and works in Beijing, China. Shao skillfully merges abstraction and traditional calligraphy, creatively presenting his subconscious images through modern calligraphy. The works exhibited reveal his various experiments and exploration of the deconstruction of form and the space of Chinese ideograms. Shao’s state of mind is portrayed by the diverse brushstrokes and the aura of his works has been strengthened through consistent practice and reviews.


His calligraphy has been exhibited at the Shanghai Art Museum, China; Today Art Museum, Beijing, China; Columbia University, New York, USA; 1st International Calligraphy Biennial, Seoul, Korea. Shao Yan's artworks have been collected by Sydney University, Australia; Toady Art Museum, China; the Henry Luce Foundation, United States.

 

 

BIOGRAPHY

1962   Born in Wendeng City, Shandong Province, China

1981   Specialised in painting at Laiyang Normal School in Shandong Province

1990-91   Studied at the Central Academy of Fine Arts Calligraphy Research Centre

1999   Moved to Beijing and became a professional painter

 

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2012

  • Heart Tracks-Shao Yan Ink Painting Exhibition, Today Art Museum, Beijing, China
  • Running Ink, Shanghai Ink Art Museum, Shanghai, China
2007
  • Starting from Chinese Characters – Exhibition of Shao Yan’s Chinese Character Art, Beijing 3 Art Gallery, China
2003
  • Shao Yan’s Art, Shenzhen, China
2002
  • Shao Yan’s Calligraphy Art, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
1992
  • Shao Yan’s Modern Calligraphy, Art Museum of China Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing, China

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2015
2008
  • I Am in It - Contemporary Chinese Art Expressions, Florida Gulf Coast University, United States; Alisan Fine Arts, Hong Kong
2006
  • Katyn, Supporting Chinese Contemporary Ink painting, Invitation Exhibition, Sweden
  • China Art Calligraphy Power 100 Art Exhibition, National Art Museum of China, Beijing, China 
    Chinese Character Scheme, Hangzhou, China
2005
  • 1st International Calligraphy Biennale, Seoul, Korea

2003

  • South Korea-North Korea Calligraphy Biennale, Jeonju, Korea

2002

  • 1st Nominated Fashion Calligraphy Exhibition, Beijing, China
2001
  • International Calligraphy Literature Exhibition, Taiwan

1999

  • 8th China National Art Exhibition of Middle-Aged and Young Artists (Second Prize), National Art Museum of China, Beijing, China
  • Mustering the Troops in Sichuan - Chinese Modern Calligraphy Retrospective 1999 - Chengdu, Sichuan, China
1998
  • 1st Chinese Calligraphy Exhibition in Paris, France
  • 1998 Brushed Voices-Calligraphy in Contemporary China, Columbia University Wallach Art Gallery, United States
1997
  • 7th China National Art Exhibition of Young and Emerging Artists (First Prize), National Art Museum of China, Beijing, China
1995 
  • 6th China National Art Exhibition of Middle-Aged and Young Artists (First Prize), National Art Museum of China, Beijing, China
1989
  • 1st International Youth Calligraphy Exhibition, National Art Museum of China, Beijing, China
1986
  • 2nd National Art Exhibition of Middle-Aged and Young Artists (Outstanding Prize), National Art Museum of China, Beijing, China


SELECTED PUBLIC COLLECTIONS
British Museum, London, United Kingdom
Henry Luce Collection, United States
Wall Street Jounal, United States
Times Weekly, United States
Sidney University, Australia
National Art Museum of China, Beijing, China
Today Art Museum, Beijing, China

Art Museum of China Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing, China
Shanghai International Exhibition Center, China
Hong Kong Museum of Art, Hong Kong
Artist Commune, Hong Kong