Yang Jiechang was born in 1956 in the Chinese province of Guangdong, and studied traditional painting at the Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts. Since 1998 he has lived and worked between Germany and France. His artistic training, along with his study ot Tao and Zen Buddhism play an important part in his work, which combines eastern tradition and spirituality with contemporary themes. Yang Jiechang is not completely anchored to his origins, but is open to the influences and styles of western life. In this spirit, his photographs, performances and installations present a profound reflection on the concept of cultural identity. For him, it is fundamental that art is at one with life and that the artist should be an agent of change.
Exhibitions dedicated to Yang Jiechang’s work include those held at the Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle, Parigi (2015), Hong Kong S.A.R (2015) and Deichtorhallen/Phoenixhalle, Hamburg (2014). His work was shown at Palazzo Grassi in the exhibition ‘The World Belongs to You’ (2011-12).