Ying Sheng Yang was born in China in 1961. He graduated from the Nanjing Art Institute in 1985. He was a member of the 85 New Art Movement and participated in the unprecedented China / Avant-Garde exhibition at Beijing's China National Gallery in 1989.
He came to England to study in 1986 and received a Master's Degree in painting from the Royal College of Art in 1989. His works have been exhibited extensively both in China and abroad and have been collected by the British Museum, Frizwillaim Museum and other public bodies and institutions. He has won many awards and scholarships, such as the Fagus Anstruther Award, the D.H.L Educational Foundation Scholarship, the Burston Award and the J. Andrew Lloyd travel Scholarship.
He has also been included in many art books such as History of 20th Century Chinese Art, Contemporary Chinese Art History and 85 New Art Movement. As a Chinese artist living in the west, Yang's artistic attention has always been on how to combine Western contemporary ideas with his own cultural traditions. His work underwent a dramatic change when he came across a complete volume of Chinese Old Masters' Painting on a trip to China in 2009. After a year of experimenting, he developed a completely new painting method to produce a body of works that look and feel like traditional Chinese ink paintings but they are anything but traditional. Yang is now living and working in London.