YaYa Yajie Liang Chinese, b. 1995

b. 1995 Henan, China. Lives and works in London, UK. 
 
YaYa Yajie Liang’s work explores the metamorphosis of the body itself and the potential of becoming animal. From the legendary banished beast to the interpenetration of biological space and represented space with body, Yaya interrogates how humans’ analogic mapping to and from animals (within imagined, lived, or taxonomic intimacies) casts a trans light back on the human to help us reconsider the prescribed definition of ‘humanity’, and bleeds ‘animality’, the ‘stuff’ of animal nature that sticks to animals in zombie humanism, back onto the humanness’s texture.
 
Taking inspiration from Agential Realism, Yaya views painting as a movement that is constantly repeating the ‘becoming’. Shifting restlessly between abstract and figurative modes, she uses improvisation to kick-start new paintings, allowing unplanned initial strokes to help dictate the works’ subsequent direction. With the collapse of a single central system of representation, the unruly encounter between diverse centers, superimposed perspectives, coexisting moments, and materials are produced and reshaped in the process of painting. Taking the risk of implanting harm, Yaya intensively invests in the agency of inanimate material. By transforming paint into flesh, her painting interrogates the cracks within the specific binary of animate and inanimate.
 
YaYa Yajie Liang (b. 1995, Henan, China) has a BA Fine Art China Central Academy of Fine Arts (2018) and a MA Painting at Royal College of Art (2020). She is doing Ph.D. research at Royal College of Art. YaYa has been shortlisted for The Waverton Art Prize (2022). Recent selected exhibitions include Universe 25, Gillian Jason Gallery, London, UK (2023); BLANK Gallery, Shanghai, China (2023); Machines of Desire, Simon Lee Gallery, London, UK (2022); 180 The Strand, London, UK (2022); Southwark Park Galleries, London, UK (2022); Fold Gallery, London, UK (2020); Beacon, Josh Lilley Gallery, London, UK (2020); Unit 1 Gallery, London, UK (2020). YaYa currently lives and works in London, UK and will present her first solo exhibition at Cob Gallery in London, in June 2023.
 
EDUCATION
2020- Ph.D. in School of Art and Humanity, Royal College of Art, UK
2018 - 2020 MA in Painting, Royal College of Art, UK
2014 - 2018 BA in Fine Art, China Central Academy of Fine Arts, China
 
SELECTED EXHIBITIONS
2023 Summer Palace, Cob Gallery, London, UK
2023 Universe 25, Gillian Jason Gallery, London, UK
2023 The Dance, Luce Gallery, Turin, Italy
2023 Hysteria, Gillian Jason Gallery, London, UK
2023 Sweet Spot, BLANK Gallery, Shanghai, China
2022 Taking A Broom To The Wasps’ Nest, Pictorum Gallery, London, UK
2022 Wilderness of Being, HdM Gallery, London, UK
2022 Distortion & Dissonance, Where’s the frame? Gallery, London, UK
2022 Machines of Desire, Simon Lee Gallery, London, UK
2022 The Waverton Art Prize, Boisdale of Bishopsgate, London, UK
2022 Eat Drink Man Woman, 180 The Strand, London, UK
2022 Painting 2020, Bargehouse, OXO Tower Wharf, London, UK
2022 Unruly Encounters, Southwark Park Gallery, London, UK
2021 Silent and soft, it moistens everything, YuYuan Gallery, Suzhou, China
2020 50/50, Fold Gallery, London, UK
2020 Beacon, Josh Lilley’s Gallery, London, UK
2020 Final, not Over, Unit 1 Gallery, London, UK
2020 RCA2020, Degree Show, online
2020 The Circular Ruins, Hockney Gallery, London, UK
2019 Oh, Dear, Safe House, London, UK
2019 Plastic Tongue, White House, London, UK
2019 Lay with me, Dyson Gallery, London, UK
2019 Reaching for the Horizon I, Courtyard Gallery, London, UK
2018 Work in Process, Royal College of Art, London, UK
2018 CAFA Degree Show, China Central Academy of Fine Arts Museum, Beijing, China
 
AWARDS
2022 Shortlist for The Waverton Art Prize
 
RESIDENCY
2022 Vannucci Artist Residency in Italy