Zhang Huan was born in 1965 at An Yang City in China. He studied painting at Beijing Fine Art Academy. He had a long spell in New York, but since 2005 he has lived and worked in Shanghai. At the beginning of his career he focused on performance art, using his own body, often naked, and submitting it to extreme conditions. For instance, in 12m² he completely covered himself in a mixture of fish oil and honey, he then sat on a stool in a public latrine for hours while different types of insects crawled all over his body. Since his return to China, he has mainly been dedicated to installation, sculptures and painting. He also started to work with incense ash from the Buddhist temples of Shanghai, which he uses to realize his famous ash-paintings and ash-sculptures. He has held exhibitions in major world museums, such as Carriageworks in Sydney, Pace Gallery and Storm King Art Center in New York. His works can be found in renowned collections, both private and public.
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