Variety traditional hand made paper and ink are the main medium for my sculptural paintings. In the absence of any brush painting, Chinese ink and paper alone possess their own cultural vibrancy and history; this constitutes a major emphasis in the content of my work. Borrowing from their innate power within the work, I continue to discover my own condition and alleviate the restlessness and uncertainty of reality, convey beauty, strength, hope and resilience despite the feeling of nostalgia towards things lost, struggling, or being destroyed.
Born in Beijing to a distinguished family of artists, LinYan graduated in 1984 from the Department of Oil Painting at Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing. Following in the footsteps of her grandfather Pang Xunqin and mother PangTao, she continued her education in Paris, where she studied at L’École National Supérieur des Beaux-Arts. In 1989 she received her MA from Bloomsburg University of PA. LinYan relocated to the United States in 1986 and settled in New York in the early 1990s. Her sculptural paintings made with Chinese traditional hand-made paper and ink have been shown widely in the United States and China and reviewed by New York Times, Art News, Art in America, Art Asia Pacific, Architecture and Art, Elle, World Journal and CCTV, among others. Public collections include the National Art Museum of China; Pang Xunqin Museum; Chengdu Contemporary Art Museum; Museum of the Central Academy of Fine Arts and Deutsche Bank, NY.