Gao Yansong is originally from Yichun, China and currently lives in Flushing, Queens with his talented contemporary artist wife Jesse and their 2 young children Yigao and Eva. With no prior architectural training, Yansong's finely handcrafted recycled cardboard sculptures are created with the visual precision of a master builder. These miniature monuments offer an unorthodox depiction of historically relevant sites and controversial current events within China through the use of high-end brand labels (both Eastern and Western). Yansong's intention is to illuminate the countries socioeconomic disparity between the communistic commercial marketing of some popular consumer goods and ancient China's
highly valued and sacred traditional landscape.
Gao is a multi-disciplinary visual artist, poet, triathlon athlete, musician and business owner, with a well-known presence in the underground Chinese entertainment industry. He once owned a hot spot establishment called The Busy Bee Bar. It quickly became an influential speakeasy that brought together all walks of Chinese art, entertainment, and philanthropy.
Currently an international visual pop art activist, Yansongs installations have been exhibited at Art BASEL - Miami, Florida (2012); the Italian - Chinese Art Biennale - Monza, Italy (2012); the New Contemporary Art Exhibition - Beijing, China (2012); the Asian Modern Art Fair - Korea (2009); the ArtCore exhibit in Los Angeles, California (2015); the DRAP Art Recycling Art Exhibit - Pittsburg, Pennsylvania (2016) and the DRAP Art International Festival in Spain (2016).
Yansong’s featured solo exhibits span across his native cities of Beijing to Shanghai from 2008 to 2013. Yansongs installations have been revered by the likes of friends in the industry, Asian “heavy hitters” such as; contemporary artist and activist Ai WeiWei, art critic and curator Li Xianting, and master poet and underground literary journalist Mang Ke, to name a few.