Ziyue Tang in his Savannah Studio, May 7, 2022
Ziyue Tang was born in Ningbo, China, and developed a passion for painting during his childhood. In junior high school, he made the decision to pursue a career as a visual artist instead of a musician. In 2016, Tang applied to study painting at the Affiliated High School of China Academy of Arts, where he immersed himself in the systematic study of the tradition of realist painting.
Upon leaving art high school, Tang prepared to study abroad and was successfully admitted to the Savannah College of Art and Design. In Savannah, he found inspiration in "Provisional Painting" and Hans Hofmann’s "Push and Pull" Principle, providing him with a rigorous abstract perspective on color and composition. Tang seamlessly integrates his painting skills with twenty years of musical experience, creating a harmonious fusion of his two passions. The exploration of relationships and contradictions between individuals and their specific environments stands out as prominent features in Tang’s work during this period.
I focus on the relationships and contradictions between individuals and their specific environments to create works that can arouse resonance in the audience.
The "Leopard" series, which I initiated in college, serves as a metaphor for the fate of human beings under the extreme conditions imposed by the Chinese government's mass lockdown policy during COVID-19. The inspiration for the image of leopards stems from a news story in China during the epidemic: three leopards escaped from a zoo, causing social panic among local people. Another significant aspect is my ongoing recollection of my youth in the motherland. The experience of studying and working in the United States is also a major source of creative inspiration for me.
I recommend that the audience approach my work with unfamiliar, non-preconceived perspectives. Only in this way can viewers truly delve into the artwork, experience the relationships and contradictions between individual destiny and the surrounding environment, and thus trigger resonance.