Su Yang was born and raised in Chengdu, China, a city known for its panda preservation and breeding programs. The artist believes there is something unique about this land; the people, creatures and spirit. Yang’s inspiration, logic and experience comes from her birthplace.
At an early age, Yang found herself scribbling and drawing most everywhere because she struggled to communicate with people. Art was the easiest way to express herself.
Yang received a degree in fine art from the School of The Art Institute Chicago. The artist pursued her professional art practice straight out of college. She became a resident artist at the Zhou B Art Center in Chicago, where she worked and used her studio as a professional gallery.
Yang’s work has been featured on a local Chicago television series, and her work has been shown both locally and internationally. The artist had a solo show in Hong Kong in 2016, and gained attention for her “New Look” of Chinese Ink Painting.
Yang grew up studying both the Chinese and Western style of painting, but her work can’t be categorized as either. Art critics have called it “contemporary ink”, influenced by calligraphy and ink painting. The artist’s work is also inspired by abstract-expressions Willem de Kooning, Jackson Pollock and Joan Mitchell.