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Yeh Fang graduated from Suzhou College of Arts in 1983. Raised in the “Bi” garden in Suzhou, he evokes a lush, natural world through both his ink paintings and his intricately landscaped, classical Chinese gardens. As stated at the 53rd Biennale of Venice, “we can never tell which came first; the garden or the painting, or maybe they appeared together.” Whether in the form of a physical garden or an ink painting, Yeh Fang invites his guest into a dream, into a lyrical world of classical beauty. Though the gardens of his youth were largely destroyed during the Cultural Revolution, he seeks to express the “blossom realm in his heart” in a contemporary context. Employing an aerial perspective, Yeh Fang’s paintings offer a modern, meditative consideration of traditional Chinese art and architecture.
Critically acclaimed within Eastern art markets, his works have been exhibited worldwide. In 2003, he designed and completed Nan Shi Pi Ji, a modern garden in Suzhou. It was the tenth garden, following nine classical Suzhou gardens, to be recorded by UNESCO as a world heritage site. Yeh Fang also serves as a Senior Painter in the Suzhou Academy of Chinese Painting and a member of the Jiangsu Branch of the Association of Artists in China.
Select Exhibitions and Awards
2009 The 53rd Biennale of Venice, Venice, Italy
2009 Chinese Gardens For Living, Brussels, Belgium
2007 Artist of the year: Literary Gamers, Art Strategies, Taipei, Taiwan
2006 Busan Biennale, Busan, Korea
2006 Envisage, MoCA, Shanghai, China
2004 Art on the Beach: Sculptures, St. Tropez, France
2004 Construction of Nanshipiji: Yellow Box, Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei, Taiwan
2004 Openasia: International Exhibition of Sculptures and Installations, Venice, Italy