Yan Zhang was born and raised in the city of Shenyang in northern
China. Both her mother and father were art professors who taught
Chinese traditional painting at Luxun Academy of Fine Art in Shenyang.
Ling has two sisters, Bo who is an artist and art broker and primarily
a printmaker, and Hong, an artist who is best known for her beautiful,
hair themed charcoal on paper works.
Due to the artistic influence of her parents, Ling
received a Master of Fine Arts degree at Central Institute of
Nationalities in Beijing China. In 1988, after graduation, she
had a successful exhibition at China Museum of Fine Art in Beijing.
The exhibition drew public attention and Chinese Culture News,
CCTV, China News, and Peoples Daily reported the show and
reviewed it approvingly. In 1988, she was invited by Signet Fine
Art, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Governor
of the state of Illinois for the exhibition of The Selected
Contemporary Oil Paintings from China. Ever since her first
exhibition, her work continued to be exhibited in many group and
solo shows nationally and internationally.
The Three Sisters Show including works
from Ling, Bo, and Hong was presented by University of Oklahomas
Lightwell Gallery, Three Sisters Bound to the Elements
with her sisters Bo and Hong at CSU Sacramento, California, Malone
Gallery of Troy University in Alabama, Lamar Dodd Art Center of
LaGrange College and Cochran Gallery, Whitespace in Atlanta, Sakata
Gallery in Sacramento, University of Oklahomas Lightwell
Gallery. An exhibition with works from Ling and Bo were presented
at Sylvia Schmidt Gallery in New Orleans.
Lings work has received many awards, reviews
and has been published by numerous leading art publications internationally.
Some of the solo/group exhibitions include:
Callanwolde Fine Art Center in Atlanta
Chinese Artists Group Exhibition at the National Taiwan
Museum of Fine Arts
El Instituto de Cultura De Baja California Art in
Atlanta 1996 by Artists In Residence International at
Berlin, Munich, and Frankford, Germany and Newcastle, UK
Two- Person Exhibition at City Exhibition Center,
La Croix Valmer, France
Solo Exhibition at Arts & Culture Center de Vilanova,
Brave Destiny/The Largest Show of Living Surrealist, Fantastic
& Visionary Artists in the World at Williamsburg Art Center
in New York
Atlanta Biennial in the Atlanta Contemporary
Passport to Celebrations in Atlanta History Center.
Ling made the numerous trips to Tibet, and she believes
that the mysterious and surrealistic Tibetan Lama religion deeply
influenced the artistic creation in her life. Conceptually, the
principal focus of her work is the conflicts between human instinct
and lofty ideals, and the question of what is fantasy and what
is reality. Spiritual transformation and personal life experiences
play a large role in her art.