Autumn Lotus 2007, coloured ink on rice paper, 89x 101 cm (35 x 40 “)

Yang Yangping 楊燕屏

About the Artist

Yang Yanping 楊燕屏 (b.1934 Nanjing, Jiangsu Province) is one of the most distinguished contemporary ink painters from China. She studied architecture at Tsinghua University, where she married one of her painting teachers Zeng Shanqing. After she graduated in 1958, and a brief spell of teaching design, Yang decided to study art at the oil painting department of the Beijing Art Academy. At the same time she studied traditional Chinese painting on her own.

In 1986, both Yang and her husband were awarded fellowships from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, and they have remained in America ever since. Yang is well versed in many traditional styles but has excelled in depicting the lotus flower, a symbol of purity, transience, the fragility of nature, and the potential for regeneration. The Juanita Collection has acquired such an iconic piece as posted above.

Yang’s ideals of high visual quality and an artistic autonomy allows her to embrace modernism without jettisoning the lessons from the Classical Chinese world of high culture.

Her recent exhibitions include a major retrospective at The Art Museum of Beijing Fine Art Academy in 2013. In 2019, she had an exhibition together with her husband, Zeng Shanqing, at the Art Institute of Chicago. Her works have been acquired by major institutions all over the world including the Ashmolean in Oxford, the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco and The National Historical Museum in Beijing.

Yang Yangping: Autumn Lotus, 2007. Coloured ink on rice paper, 101.4 x 89 cm.