Xu Yang (b. 1996, Shandong, China) is an artist based in London. In 2018, Xu graduated with a 1st Class Honours BA in Painting from Wimbledon College of Art, and has recently completed her Masters, also in Painting, at the Royal College of Art, London. Xu considered herself to be a professional artist following her first solo show in the UK: ‘100 Carat Diamond.’ This exhibition was awarded to Xu as the recipient of the Barbican Artists Group Trust ArtWorks Open, and it took place earlier this year. The artist is plentiful in award nominations; these include the Contemporary Young Artist Award (2020) and The Signature Art Prize (2019). Additionally, Xu has succesfully been awarded high acclaim at the Air Gallery Open (2019), and the ‘On the Mountain we Stay’ Residency (2019). Further, in 2017 she was shortlisted in the Whitechapel Gallery ‘First Thursday’ competition, and in 2018 she was shortlisted for the Clyde & Co Art Award.
Xu Yang has exhibited her artwork extensively across the UK, China and elsewhere in Europe. This year her work was featured in the London Grads Now exhibition at the Saatchi Gallery, which elicited affirmative conversation from the public, and consequent coverage in The Sunday Times and Fad Magazine. The artist believes collaborative relations to be of high importance – she has contributed to an ‘Imaging Technologies’ project with the Wimbledon College of Art Painting Research at Tate Modern (2017), and Monster Chetwynd’s ‘Here she Comes’ at the Royal Festival Hall (2016). Xu’s artworks have been collected in Asia and Europe.