Yan Shanchun, born in 1957 in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province, holds a bachelor’s degree in printmaking and a doctorate in art history and theory from the China Academy of Art. He is currently living in Shenzhen and Hangzhou.
Yan Shanchun has been dedicated to studying art theory and creative practice over the years, especially in Chinese literati painting and Western abstraction. He integrates various painterly languages, playing out their visual plasticity. His art practice adopts copper plate engraving and mixed media to express his memories and feelings about the West Lake in his hometown Hangzhou, and the landscapes around the Fuchun River. With a minimal and sophisticated style and profound metaphorical meanings, Yan invents a unique expression and artistic style that are rich in historical appeal and forward-looking dynamics. His works have been acquired and exhibited by the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Art Museum of the China Academy of Art, and the OCAT Art Terminal, among many art institutions at home and abroad. His publications include Issues on Contemporary Art, Taste, Motifs and Value of Literati Painting (both co-authored with Huang Zhuan) and Literati and Painting – Painters in Official History and Literature.