Xu Yang is a London based artist born in Shandong, China. She graduated with 1st Class Honours in BA Painting Wimbledon College of Arts and is currently attending MA Painting at Royal College of Art.


Xu explores the construction of identity through a contemporary female gaze. Drawing on art history, fashion, fairy tale and drag performance. Xu pushes beyond the canvas and behind the mask to question what is real and what is fake and what is woman in her fantasy world.


Xu’s works have been exhibited in China, Italy, Spain, the United States and across the UK. London, Shanghai, Venice, Athens and across USA.


Born in 1996 in Shandong, China

Lives in London, Britain.


Solo Exhibitions

2020     100 Carats Diamond, ArtWorks Project Space, Barbican Arts Group Trust, 


2019     Present but In and Out of Focus, Central Saint Martins, London (Performance).

2017     An Empty Room, Deyin Hardware Head Office, ZiBo, ShanDong, China.

2017     She is Me as Myself, Yishu Gallery, ChangZhou, China.

2016     Contemporary Painting,City Milu Space, ChangZhou, China.


Group Exhibitions

2019     Little Originals, Dock Street Studios, Dundee, Scotland.

2019     ArtWork Open 2019, ArtWorks Project Space, London.

2019     Beautiful China, Beautiful World, Golden Era of China-UK, The Palace of

              Westminster, London.

2019     Air Open 2019, Air Gallery, Manchester.

2019     Where We Once Were Someone, A Yngspc Online Exhibition, Online, 


2019     Celebration, Roost Studios and Art Gallery, NYC, United States.

2018     Beijing Summer Show, NL Gallery, Beijing, China.

2018     Chain, China University of Mining and Technology, Beijing, China.

2018     Neulinge, The Crypt Gallery, London.

2018     HuangYan, Chelsea Triangle Space, Chelsea College of arts, London.

2017     Bring Me My Cloak, LVP House, North Acton, London, United Kingdom.

2017     Xu Yang, Ghost Space, Wimbledon Library, Wimbledon college of art,


2017     Unicorn, Wimbledon Library Space, London.

2017     The Currents of Identity, The Crypt Gallery, London. Curated: Dr. Annie Xu,                    Yang Xu.

2017     Infinite Possibility, Espacio Gallery, Bethnal Green Rd, London.

2017     To be continued… , North China University of Science and Technology, Hebei                Province, China.

2017     Remarquable, Anaglifos Art Gallery, Carrer d’en Monec, Barcelona, Spain.

2017     Materiality in Painting, 26 Spaces, Wimbledon College of Arts, Wimbledon,                    London.

2017     Olympus UAL Photography Award, Art Bermondsey Project Space, London.

2017     One Year Anniversary Art Fair, Deptford Does Art, The Brookmill, London.

2016     Exhibit Here’s Art Maze, Oxo Tower Wharf, Bargehouse, London.

2016     Bridge–Crossing & Conversation, Totem Il Canale Gallery, Venice, Italy.

2016     Bad Art is a Journey, 1933 Ancient Slaughterhouse, ShangHai, China.

2016     Line of Edge, Art in Gallery, Tokyo, Japan.

2016     Capsticks Exhibition, Selected from WCA Students, London.

2016     Moment, Coningsby Gallery, London.


Collaborative Projects

2019     I Always Believed Unicorns are Real14102019, Project in Collaboration with                    Wellsproject, London.

2019     Contribute to Dr. Annie Xu’s PHD research.

2017     Generation Exchange, in Collaboration with Dr. Susanna Round, Wimbledon                  Space.

2017     Imaging Technologies, Artist-collaboration with Painting Research at                                Wimbledon College of Arts,

              Tate Exchange, Tate Morden, London.

2016     Blood Pressure,The Archive Room, Wimbledon College of Arts, London.

2016     What Happens to Us, Wimbledon Space, Wimbledon College of Arts,                              London.

2016     Here She Comes, Royal Festival Hall, London (performance in collaboration                     with Monster Chetwynd).


Awards and Achievements

2020     Contemporary Young Artist, The Biscuit Factory, Newcastle.

2019     ArtWork Open 2019, Prize winner, Barbican Arts Group Trust, ArtWorks                            Project Space, London. 

2019     Air Open 2019, Highly Commended award, Air Gallery, Manchester.

2019     The Signature Art Prize, Shortlist, Bankside Hotel, London.

2018     Clyde & Co Art Award, Shortlist, St Botolph Building, London.

2017     Whitechapel Gallery First Thursday University Competition, Shortlist, The                         Black&White Building, Rivington Street, London.



2019     On the Mountain We Stay, Shandong, China. Supported by No Space.