Wang Haiyang’s work explores the various states of the subconscious and our twisted relationships with our desires. Faced with his canvases and videos, we are moved not so much to understand or explain them as to let ourselves be carried away by the unbridled imagination of the artist: the bodies transform and metamorphose, while enigmatic images put us face to face with disturbing emotions. It was in fact his psychologist who, during the artist’s studies at the Beijing Academy of Fine Arts, encouraged him to express the depths of his soul and his anxieties through his painting, rather than following academic styles.

This oneiric artist, reminiscent of Dalí or Garouste, has some affinity with the surrealist movement, which, for André Breton, aimed to deepen the dream state and conceive of artistic expression as a pure psychological activity. Indeed, the sky’s the limit for the creations of the unconscious in the fantasy works of Wang Haiyang, as illustrated, for example, by the figure of Freud whose skull opens up to release butterflies.

Wang Haiyang was born in 1984 in the province of Shandong. In 2008, he received his degree from the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing, where he specialized in painting and engraving. His painting talent was discovered early in his career, and has won him numerous awards. He currently lives and works in Beijing.

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    Born in Shandong province, China in 1984
    Currently lives and works in Beijing, China

    2008
    Bachelor of Fine Arts, Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing, China.
    Currently Lives and works in Beijing.

    SOLO EXHIBITIONS

    2019
    Skins, Solo Project at Artissima 2019, presented by Capsule Shanghai, (New Entries Section), Turin, Italy

    2018
    Ravage, Galerie Paris-Beijing, Paris, France
    Wang Haiyang, Capsule Shanghai, Shanghai, China
    Wang Haiyang, WHITE SPACE BEIJING, Beijing, China

    2017
    By Himself, OCAT, Xi’An, China

    2016
    New Directions: Wang Haiyang, Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing, China
    Dynamic Field: Wang Haiyang, Minsheng Art Museum, Shanghai, China

    2013
    Rhizomes, Galerie Paris-Beijing, Paris, France

    2012
    The Metamorphosis, White Space Beijing, China

    2009
    Untitled, Today Art Museum, Beijing, China

    2008
    Boys, Today International Art Gallery, Beijing, China

    GROUP EXHIBITIONS

    2020
    终端 >_How Do We Begin?, X Museum, Beijing, China

    2019
    Huayu Youth Award, Huayu Art Center, Sanya, China
    Age of You, MOCA Toronto, Canada (curated by Shumon Basar, Douglas Coupland and Hans Ulrich Obrist)
    We Didn’t Mean to Break It (But It’s Ok, We Can Fix It), Galeria Pedro Cera, Lisbon, Portugal
    They Rise When Vernal Breezes Blow, Make Room, Los Angeles, USA
    A White Space Odyssey, WHITE SPACE BEIJING, Beijing, China
    Hic Sunt Leones, SURPLUS SPACE, Wuhan, China
    Field Meeting Take 6: Thinking Collections, Asia Contemporary Art Week (ACAW), Dubai, United Arab Emirates

    2018
    REPLY, White Space Beijing, Beijing, China
    Art Patrons, Qiao Space, Shanghai, China
    Summer group show, Galerie Paris-Beijing, Paris, France

    2017
    China-Art in Movement, The Castle Museum, Annecy, France
    Recent Acquisitions, Recent Developments, Si Shang Art Museum, Beijing, China

    2016
    Turning Point: Contemporary Art in China Since 2000, Minsheng Art Museum, Shanghai, China
    Air – The 2nd “Ningbo” International Contemporary Art Exhibition, Ningbo Museum of Art, Zhejiang, China

    2015
    State of Mind – Painting Chinz Now, Galerie Paris-Beijing, Paris, France Impression of Xinjiang, National Art Museum of China, Beijing

    2014
    Don’t Look Back : Contemporary paintings in China, Galerie Paris-Beijing, Brussels, Belgium
    Impression of Xinjiang, National Art Museum of China, Beijing

    2013
    The Garden of Forking Paths, OCT-Contemporary Art Terminal, Shanghai, China
    Discover the Next Great Master, Winshare Museum, Chengdu, China

    2012
    Asia-Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art, Australian Cinémathèque, Australia
    Shenzhen Independent Animation Biennale, Shenzhen, Guangdong, China
    Ecology Report of Chinese Young Art, CAFA Art Museum, Beijing, China
    Focus on Talents Project Finalist Exhibition, Today Art Museum, Beijing, China
    The 1st Contemporary Art Biennale, Xinjiang International Exhibition Centre, Xinjiang, China

    2011
    Chinese Contemporary Prints, Today Art Museum, Beijing, China
    Spectrum, A4 Contemporary Arts Center, Chengdu, China

    2009
    Chinese Artist Group Exhibition, Seoul Art Museum, Seoul, Korea
    Future-Together, Arario Gallery, Beijing, China

    2008
    Germinators, China Square Gallery, New York, USA

    AWARDS

    2012
    Focus on Talents Project Award Winner Today Art Museum, Beijing, China New film won Silver Dove 55th DOK Leipzig Film festival, Montreal’s 11th Sommets du cinéma d’animation
    Has been selected more than 20 festivals, included Melbourne International film festival, Annecy International animation Film Festival, World Festival of Animated Film-Animafest Zagreb, Fantoche, FESTIVAL TOUS COURTS, International Filmet Festival of Spain…etc.

    2010
    His first movie won Grand Prix 25th Holland animation festival, has been selected in more than 15 festivals.

    • Wang Haiyang, Freud, Fish and Butterfly, 2012

    • Wang Haiyang, Double Fikret, 2016