Wang Yuyang was born in 1979 in Harbin, and educated at the Central Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA) in Beijing. Wang lives and works in Beijing.
Wang’s work has been shown in major exhibitions and festivals internationally including UNPAINTED Media Art Fair, Postpalast, Munich, Germany (2014); Asia Triennial Manchester 14: Harmonious Society, Manchester, UK (2014), John Rylands Library, Manchester, UK (2014); CAFA Experimental Art 10 years, CAFA ART Museum, Beijing, China (2014); ON | OFF: China’s Young Artists in Concept and Practice, UCCA, Beijing, China (2013); Reactivation The Theme Exhibition of The 9th Shanghai Biennial, Shanghai, China (2012); The Unseen, The Theme Exhibition of The Fourth, Guangzhou Triennial, China (2012).
Wang Yuyang is one of the most accomplished Chinese artists of his generation, whose multi-medial practice encompasses sculpture, painting, photography and video. At the heart of Wang’s oeuvre is the question of how technology – both cutting-edge and obsolete – affects and challenges our perception of everyday life. Many of his works incorporate modern technology, such as motors, lights and electricity, but reference traditional Chinese philosophy; both ancient, contemporary and historical. The use of modern analog technology is employed as a metaphor for China's philosophical history and its binary sensibility, which he describes as "on and off, black and white, something and nothing".