Yang Fudong was born in 1971 in Beijing, China. In 1995, he finished his painting studies at the China Academy of Fine Arts, Hangzhou. He currently lives and works in Shanghai. From painting, he moved immediately to video but continued to reference traditional Chinese painting. His multi-channel video installations are indebted to the Hollywood cinema culture and in particular to film noir, which he skillfully takes to another level. Tinged with poetry and lyricism, his dream-like films portray the condition of China’s younger generation, caught in a precarious balance between tradition and modernity: the painful consequence of China’s modernization. Made with 35mm film, his films are based on sophisticated, complex images and a predilection for black and white, and create a suspenseful atmosphere in which time and space retain a sense of mystery.
Exhibitions of his work in 2015 include those held at Yuz Museum, Shanghai, Galerie Marian Goodman, Paris and Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki, New Zeland. His work Liu Lan (2003) was included in the exhibition ‘Voice of Images’ (2012-13) at Palazzo Grassi.