This interview was conducted at the Hong Kong Arts Centre on 5 April 2008. For more information please visit the Materials of the Future website.


Ye Yongqing (b. 1958, Kunming, Yunnan Province) is an artist and currently lives and works in Beijing.  He also teaches at the Sichuan Fine Arts Institute (SFAI).

Ye graduated from SFAI in 1982, and by the mid-'80s was a leading artist in the Southwestern region of China. His paintings demonstrated his ability to unite Western art techniques with Chinese traditional painting practices.

Apart from his art and teaching practices, Ye has also engaged in curatorial projects, as well as helping to organize the Upriver Club in Kunming (Yunnan), one of the earliest independent contemporary art spaces in China in the 1990s.

Ye is a member of the Chinese Artists Association and continues to exhibit widely.






In 2006, Asia Art Archive began a focused archiving project called 'Materials of the Future: Documenting Contemporary Chinese Art from 1980-1990'. This project aimed at developing a comprehensive collection of primary research materials including books, periodicals, newspapers, exhibition brochures, invitations, video recordings, correspondence, and other relevant documents. 

As part of this project, AAA digitised more than 80,000 items of material from personal archives to include artists Mao Xuhui, Wu Shanzhuan, Zhang Xiaogang, and Zhang Peili; curators and critics Fei Dawei, Lu Peng, and Zheng Shengtian; as well as the archives of Tokyo Art Gallery. As part of the research process over 75 in-depth interviews with key artists, curators, and critics were conducted. From a portion of these interviews, AAA created a documentary film about experimental art in South China (Guangzhou) in the 1980s entitled From Jean-Paul Sartre to Teresa Teng: Contemporary Cantonese Art in the 1980s.

AAA’s 1980s archiving project culminated with the launch of a comprehensive website portal called in September 2010.

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Interview: Ye Yongqing (English subtitles)

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