Yang Xinguang was born in 1980 in the province of Hunan. A graduate of the sculpture school at Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing, graduating in 2007 with a Bachelor Degree in Sculpture. He currently lives and works in Beijing, China and was included in the Hugo Boss Asia Art award in 2015.
Yang uses metal, fibreglass to wood in his sculpture. He works across disciplines in his conceptual exploration of material and textile, interested in the symbiotic relationships between organic and man-made materials In his use of wood, gold, earth and stone in their natural states, he draws inspiration from the arte povera and mono-ha movements as well as minimalist sculpture He refers to the movement of Arte Povera as giving signification to common objects and detaching the artist from the cultural industry and mainstream practices.
His recent solo exhibitions include: Yang Xinguang, Beijing Commune, Beijing, China (2015); Annealing | Glass Intestine, Shanghai Museum of Glass, Shanghai, 2016; and annual exhibitions at the Beijing Commune, Beijing since 2015. His recent group exhibitions include Visibility, Shi Jia Zhuang Art Museum, Hubei, China (2013); Contemporary Art in China 1990-2012, Zhong Gallery, Berlin, Germany (2013); The Third Criticism Art Language, Times Art Museum, Beijing, China (2014); Editing the Spectacle – the Individual and Working Methods Post-Mediatization at the Hive Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing (2015); The System of Objects, Minsheng Art Museum, Shanghai, (2015); and Forty years of Sculpture, Museum of Contemporary Art & Planning Exhibition (MOCAPE), Shenzhen (2017).