Lin Yan was born in 1961 in Beijing, China. After graduating from the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing, Lin pursued further studies at L'École national supérieure des beaux-arts in Paris in 1985. In 1989, she obtained her master's degree in the USA from Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania, where she majored in studio art. Lin moved to New York in 1993.Read More
With xuan paper as her main material, she creates installations and sculptural paintings with architectural elements. In her hands, xuan paper is not a submissive medium of painting; rather, it can be shaped to possess weight and layers of its own. She harmoniously juxtaposes black and white as well as firmness and softness; each quality affects the other, like the constant negotiation of void and fullness in tai chi or the balance of yin and yang in traditional Chinese philosophy. With an interest in spatiality and architectural forms, Lin has recently been creating many large site-specific installations. These works sustain the subtle contrast between their massive appearance and their light weight and feel. In the kaleidoscopic world of contemporary art, Lin embraces xuan paper, a modest and ancient material, to unfold her everlasting affections for her surroundings, culture, and history.
Her most recent solo exhibitions include Lin Yan: Inverted Shadow (2018), Leo Gallery, Shanghai, China; Lin Yan: Gateway (2017), Fou Gallery, New York, USA; and Lin Yan (2016), Taipei Eslite Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan. Recent selected group shows include The 2018 Guang'an Field Biennale, Guang'an, China; New Ink Art in China 1978-2018, Minsheng Art Museum, Beijing, China; Useless Value, Wanying Art Space, Shijiazhuang, China; Criss-crossing East and West: The Remaking of Ink Art in Contemporary East Asia, Museum of Contemporary Art, Yinchuan, China; and The Dark Matters, White Rabbit Gallery, Sydney, Australia. Lin Yan's works have been collected by Deutsche Bank in New York, Long Museum in Shanghai, National Art Museum of China in Beijing, and White Rabbit Gallery in Sydney.
Text courtesy Pearl Lam Galleries.