(b Yi lang County, Taiwan, 1926; d Xin Zhu City, Taiwan, 1997).
Chinese sculptor, illustrator, environmental designer, and architect. Yang additionally made a great number of cartoons, illustrations, and cover designs between 1945 and 1961 while in charge of artistic design for the Fengnian zazhi (“Harvest Rural Periodical”). Yang’s early styles display great influence from not only artistic developments in China and Tokyo in the 1940s, such as Art Deco and the New Woodcut Movement, but also the political situation as well as artistic trends in Taiwan during the 1950s. Many graphic artworks by Yang collected in the Harvest Rural Periodical were devoted chiefly to secular themes. They could be regarded as important genre paintings of 1950s Taiwan.
From 1964 to 1966 Yang received an opportunity from Fu Jen Catholic University in Taiwan to study art in Italy. Three years of sojourn in Rome gave Yang a great understanding of Western art history and aesthetics, and an appreciation for the differences between the East and the West, historically, culturally, and artistically. Upon returning to Taiwan, Yang made the ancient Chinese concept of ...