From Shanghai, China
Based in New York, US
Yang Yongliang's art journey started when he studied traditional Chinese art and is currently continuing in a practice of digital art. Creating portrayals of breathtaking Chinese landscapes and using modern tools to do so, Yang redefines the traditional practices under contemporary circumstances
A: Please, tell us a bit more about yourself. What brought you into art? What inspires you the most?
Y: I was trained in traditional Chinese art at an early age, later graduating from the China Academy of Art in Shanghai in 2003. I have witnessed the rapid change of urbanization and economic development in China. I translate the feelings of being under such an evolution into visual elements - artworks naturally appear under these special circumstances.
A: Do you have any specific rituals while working (creating)?
Y: I usually adjust every perspective element to be flat and straight.
A: What would you recommend to someone who's new to art (whether artist or just an admirer), what to begin with?
Y: Think about what you are good at, then use the skills you are good at to communicate what you want to express.
A: What are your three favourite adjectives related to art?
Y: Innocent, complex, contradictory.
A: The best angle to look at art is from ...?
Y: A personal point of view. Never doubt your own perception ability.
A: The perfect phrase to start any conversation about art is: ...?
Y: The connection between the work and the audience’s personal perception. The microscopic personal feelings expanding to the macroscopic directions.
A: Must-read books to help us talk about art (or do we even need them)?
Y: A Brief History of Time - not about art, but it gives a lot inspiration.
A: If you could change one thing in the art world - what would it be?
Y: Art-creating can be divorced from capital.
A: Please, share your favorite quote (not necessarily related to art).
Y: To see a world in a grain of sand
And a heaven in a wild flower,
Hold infinity in the palm of your hand
And eternity in an hour.
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