Born in 1966, in Dalian, China, Yang Maoyuan is a highly regarded artist well known for his large and diverse body of work encompassing painting, sculpture, photography and installation. Yang’s works often express his understanding on the sources of culture and the core of life, the theme he most interested in is how art generated the inner power that could adapt with its Time, and how an individual artist express this inner power by his/her own way.
After Horse and Sheep, this kind of usage of roundness and the technique of dissolution used in his look Inside sculpture series. Inspired by the culture thoughts of western from classic period to the age of enlightenment, Yang Maoyuan developed a unique way of sculpting. He cited the concept of beauty from the western culture, only for questioning it. To counter the western discourse, Yang ground and polished all the edges and details of western classical sculptures, reinterpreted them with the inner looking eastern culture views, expressed the philosophical idea of “roundness is harmony”.
Saltarelli Valerio Savi