Zhang Huan was born in 1965 in Anyang, Henan Province, China, and currently lives and works in Shanghai and New York. He was active in Beijing in the 1990’s, where he was considered one of the foremost avant-garde artists in the country. In 1988, he relocated to New York and became a full-time artist involved in all different artistic mediums. In 2005, He returned to Shanghai, and established Zhang Huan Studio, where he continues to expand his artistic works, creating new forms and expanding into new areas. The ash painting technique he created has added another method of painting to art history, other techniques, such as sculpting in cowhide, door carvings and feather woodcuts, to name a few, have all been pioneered by Zhang Huan. While he considers himself a Buddhist, it was only after his trip to Tibet in 2005 that his works showed a strong reference to the religion. In 2011, Zhang’s Buddhist sculpture, Three Heads Six Arms was installed and exhibited outside 1881 Heritage in Hong Kong. The creativity and awesomeness of this sculpture lay in its scale – it was eight meters in height.
Among other places, Zhang’s works have been exhibited in the “2002 Whitney Biennial and Rituals” at the Akademie der Künste in Berlin and the “Haunted: Contemporary Photography/Video/Performance” at The Guggenheim Museum in New York. His solo exhibitions include “Q Confucius”at Rockbund Art Museumin Shanghai; “Neither Coming Nor Going” at PaceWildenstein in New York; “Ashman”at PAC Museum in Milanand “Zhu Gangqiang”at White Cubein London.
His works are also in the public collection of Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, and Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York.