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    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

      2021
      The 11th Seoul Mediacity Biennale, Seoul, Korea
      The Opening Exhibition, Enclave Contemporary, Shenzhen, China

      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.

      RESIDENCIES

      2021
      Pro Helvetia Studio Residency, Switzerland

      • Wang Haiyang, Freud, Fish and Butterfly, 2012

      • Wang Haiyang, Double Fikret, 2016