Yan Xing was born in Chongqing in Southwest China in 1986. He graduated from the Oil Painting department of the Sichuan Fine Arts Institute in 2009. He currently lives in Los Angeles and Beijing.
He is an artist known for performance, installation, video and photography. In 2012 he won the Chinese Contemporary Art Award for Best Young Artist, a nomination from the Future Generation Art Prize, Pinchuk Art Center, Kiev, and named as one of 10 artists I the Focus on Talents Project by the Today Art Museum in Beijing. His works are in public collections including Rubell Family Collection, Miami; M+ Museum for Visual Culture, Hong Kong; Kadist Art Foundation Paris; He Xiangning Art Museum, Shenzhen. Yan Xing is both the initiator and a participant of artists’ collective COMPANY. He has also curated exhibitions such as: Dream Plant, Sichuan Fine Arts Institute, Chongqing (2007); Mummery, Art Channel, Beijing (2010); and the Fact Study Institute, Yangtze River Space, Wuhan (2011).
Yan Xing’s works involve a broad range of media, including performance, video, photography, installation, and painting, among others to have created a complex body of work that reflects critically on how history is manufactured today. He interrogates literature, history, and the history of art and explores the connectivity between negativity, resistance and order.
He was featured at 7th Shenzhen Sculpture Biennale (2012); 3rd Moscow International Biennale for Young Art (2012) and 3rd Ural Industrial Biennial of Contemporary Art (2015). The Kunthalle Basel presented Yan Xing: Dangerous Afternoon, curated by Elena Filipovic (2017) and exhibited and performed at the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam (2016). Recent selected group exhibitions include Teetering at the Edge of the World, Espacio de Arte Contemporáneo, Montevideo, Uruguay (2015); Chercher le garçon, Musée d’Art Contemporain du Val-de-Marne, Vitry-sur-Seine, France (2015); Traveling Alone, Tromsø Kunstforening, Tromsø, Norway (2015); Sui Generis, Tenuta Dello Scompiglio, Capannori, Italy (2016); De leur temps 5: Le temps de L’audace et de l’engagement, Institut d’Art Contemporain, Villeurbanne, France (2016); Spectrosynthesis, Museum of Contemporary Art Taipei, Taipei, Taiwan (2017).