In 1949, Zhong-Yang Huang was born in Guangzhou, China. From the age of four, Yang’s parents encouraged him to draw and paint. At the age of eight, Yang began formal training in traditional Chinese painting and calligraphy. Yang’s instructors and peers were in awe of his talent even as a young boy. They believed that he would one day go on to become a great artist.
During the Cultural Revolution, the government put a halt to any individual creativity in China and many writers, artists and academics were forced to work as labourers. At 15 years old, Yang, along with his two brothers and sister, were forced to leave school and work in the fields. For ten years, Yang toiled in the fields for hours every day. Even though he was surrounded by great hardship and poverty Yang continued to paint
At the end of the Cultural Revolution, Yang entered the Guangdong Province Art and Craft Academy where he completed his undergraduate degree. A Masters Degree followed in 1981 from the Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts and until 1984 Yang worked at the Academy as an Instructor. In 1984, Yang had the opportunity to travel to Canada as a visiting student. Yang completed his second Masters Degree from the University of Regina, in Saskatchewan
As an artist living in Canada, Yang has the artistic freedom to express himself. He may choose to chronicle the people and places of Chinese history as represented in the painting, Death of the Pearl Concubine. The paintings in this show, aim to capture the pure sweetness and beauty of one moment in time, such as the serenity portrayed in Sisters on the Silver Moon.
Yang’s work is influenced by many periods of art history: the Pre Raphaelite School, the French Impressionists as well as the work of the great Dutch painter Rembrandt. Yang also has a great love for music and enjoys listening to music for inspiration. One of Yang’s favourite musicians is the late French violinist Ginette Neveu. (Neveu died in a plane crash the same year Yang was born.) Parallels are evident between Yang and Neveu’s philosophy and are best described by Neveu herself when expressing her goal for her life and music: “Aim high…aim at beauty”. Yang agrees