Yuan is a world renowned ink artist and one of the foremost representatives of China’s modern art history. He is also the director of the Portrait Studio at the Zhejiang Painting Academy and serves on the committee of Association of Chinese Artists.
Since 1990, Yuan has been the subject of over one hundred group exhibitions, including 57th Venice Biennale in Italy and Milan Design Week (2017). Yuan has made a name for himself among many public institutions and art collectors, with his pieces frequently being sold at auction. His series of work ‘Embraces’ sold for $73,755 at Sotheby’s in 2015. Yuan is the first Chinese artist selected for Foundation Beyeler Summer Night’s Gala: A Benefit Auction for Foundation Beyeler 2018 in Basel, Switzerland. The Foundation Beyeler has extremely strict requirements for the works selected for the charity auction – all the works are from world-famous collectors, galleries and art foundations. Yuan’s work ‘Sea of Clouds’ represented Chinese contemporary ink painting and was auctioned alongside other world-class works of art from Lucas Arruda, Roni Horn, Philippe Parreno and other 10 contemporary artists. China Art Museum, Shanghai Art Museum, China National Museum, Zhejiang Art Museum, Eckenstein-Geigy foundation and many other public institutions worldwide have collected Yuan’s works into their permanent collections. He has also been listed in Record Today for The Future, which is an art collection project jointly sponsored by the American Academy of Asian Culture, the American Folklife Center and Library of Congress.