Haichaun Huang, born in 1985 in China, graduated from the Chelsea College of Art and Design with a BA in Fine Art. Chinese born and British bred, Huang straddles two different worlds and cultures: East versus West, Oriental versus Occidental, contemporary versus traditional. This is evident in his stylized, pop art inspired pieces. His figures, variants of revered Chinese heroes, appear superimposed on stark black backgrounds. Vibrant colors cloak the figures, flashing across the canvas in bursts of Technicolor percussion.
Huang’s use of art as a recording tool is captured through a modern expatriate prism, studying the complex web of politics, philosophy, and culture in his home country. He unwraps the perceived misgivings of modern China through the subversion of traditional Chinese motifs, posturing his figures as specters of elitism and malfeasance. Huang’s works are in a series, but a specific meaning can be teased out of each piece, crafting pointed sociopolitical critiques and artistic exposés of supposed vices in Chinese society.
Exhibitions include The Masks We Wear at the Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery, London (2013), the Chelsea College of Arts & Design Degree Show, London (2013), Re-growing, the first biennale of UK Chinese artists at Asia House, London (2013), and Shen, London (2013). Huang currently lives and works in London.