YANG ZHICHAO
b.1963 Gansu, China. Lives and works in Beijing, China.

Yang is a renowned Chinese performance artist. Considered one of the most extreme performance artists in China, and perhaps globally, he uses his body as a tool to draw on social issues linking the individual with the world. Many of his performances involve painful acts such as branding and surgical processes. Personal pain has become a part of his experience and a means of communication to engage the larger world.

In his recent work Chinese Bible, Yang has focused on a new art form linking China’s past in order to understand its future. The artist spent three years collecting from second-hand shops the personal diaries of overlapping generations from China. The 3,000 notebooks inscribed with personal writings span 50 years from 1949 to1999. The writings reach deep into the very essence of feelings among the Chinese whether emotional, political or even mundane during a half-century of monumentally changing times.
Biography

1963 born in Gansu Province in China, Lives and works in Beijing, China.

EDUCATION

1986 Graduated from the Art Department of Northwest Normal University

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2012
Chinese Bible, La Salle College of Arts, Singapore

2011  
Chinese Bible,10 Chancery Lane Glalery, Hong Kong

2009
Chinese Bible, China Art Archives & Warehouse, Beijing, China
Yang Zhichao Works Exhibitions  Eastlink Gallery ,Shanghai, China

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2012 Inward Gazes –Documentaries of Chinese Performance Art, Macao Museum of Art, Macao

2011   
Progetto ”ART SHIFT”—Eventl d’arte contemporanea per l’Asolo International
Art Film Film Festlval 2011.     Italy,Asolo
The First Deconstructionism Art Exhibition{Preview\Shanghai}, Shenghetang Culture & Art Center, Shanghai, China
I  Believe that -- Chinese Contemporary Art in Songzhuang, Songzhuang Art Center, Beijing, China
The Documenta of Chinese Performance Art-1985-2010, Songzhuang Art Center, Beijing, China

2010
Great Performance, Pace Beijing, Beijing, China
Reshaping history China art from 2000 to 2009, CNCC, Beijing, China

2009
Conspiracy multimedia and performance art Exhibition Other Gallery, Beijing, China
Lanzhou three decades Contemporary Art Exhibition, Lanzhou, China
Displacement Exhibition China, Song Zhuang, Beijing, China
Foodprint Exhibition, BINK36, The Hague, Holland
Deconstructionism Art Background Literature Exhibition (Circuit Exhibition) – Chapter One Ode, Deconstructionism Art Hall, Shanghai, China
Inward Gazes- Documentaries of Chinese Performance Art, Macao Museum of Art Macao, China
Invitation Exhibition, Sunshine International Art Museum Inaugural Exhibition, Song Zhuang, Beijing, China

2008
Chinese Contemporary – Two Point, Pallazzo Frisacco, Tolmezzo, Italy
55 Days in Valencia: Chinese Art Meeting, Instituto Valenciano de Arte Moderno (IVAM), Valencia, Spain

2007
Vital 2007 Performance – The Essence of Performance, Chinese Arts Centre, Manchester and John Moores University, Liverpool, UK
P3 Project Performance - Paper-Project, 52 Venice Biennale 2007, Venice, Italy
Made in China, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art and the contributors, Copenhagen, Denmark
07 Image Documentary Exhibition, Open Realization Contemporary Art Center, Beijing, China
Body Talk Group Exhibition, Eastlink Gallery, Shanghai, China
Made in Beijing, Contemporary Art Museum of Hongik University, Seoul, South Korea
Conceptual Photography of 6 Artists Exhibition, Gefeng Art Center, Shenzhen, China
Chinese Performance Art Photography Exhibition, Inter Art Center & Gallery, Beijing, China
Beijing BS1 Contemporary Museum 2007 Nomination Exhibition, Zhu Qizhan, Shanghai, China
Unexpected – Out of Control, KU Art Center, Beijing, China

2006
First ‘5x7’ Picture – Taking Biennale Project, Pingyao, China
Performance Red-Chinese Performance Arts, The House of World Cultures, Berlin, Germany

2005
City Skin – Images of the Contemporary Metropolis, Tap Seac Gallery, Macao, China
Conspire, Beijing TS1 Contemporary Art Center, Beijing, China
China Live, Chinese Arts Centre of Manchester, Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, UK
Mah-jong Chinese Contemporary Art Exhibition, Museum of Fine Arts Bern, Switzerland
Oh the Move 2nd Event, Asian People’s Theatre Festival Society, Hong Kong, China
The Chinese Performance Videos Show, French Touraine National Dance Centre, France
Transparent Box – Unlimited Expansion of Limited Space Exhibition of Contemporary Art, Jian Wai Soho, Beijing, China

2004
China Contemporary Art Exhibition, Ghent Museum of Fine Arts, Ghent, Belgium
DaDao Live Art Festival, Jian Wai Soho, Beijing, China

2003
Live Art Festival, Beijing Tokyo Art Projects, Beijing, China
Distance – Contemporary Exhibition, Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhong, China

2002
Cut In, China Art Archives & Warehouse, Beijing, China
Concrete, Chambers Fine Arts, New York, USA
Dialogue China Contemporary Art Itineration Exhibition, Bari, Italy

2001
SOHO Art Collection Exhibition, Soho City, Beijing, China

2000
Fuck off, Eastlink Gallery, Shanghai, China

AWARD

2002 China contemporary Art Awards (CCAA), Beijing, China