Nengqiang Yang

Nengqiang Yang 杨能强

Assistant Vice President
Western Oregon University



Nengqiang Yang was born in Wuhu, Anhui Province of China. He graduated from China Academy of Fine Arts with a B.F.A. degree in 1982, received an M.A. degree in Art from Morehead State University in 1993, and a M.F.A. degree in Painting from Indiana State University in 1997. He has taught at Huaibei Normal University, Morehead State University, and Western Oregon University, currently serves as Assistant Vice President at Western Oregon University. He had solo and participated in group exhibitions at Terre Haute Sheldon Swope Museum of Art, Indianapolis Museum of Art, Alexandria Museum of Art, Parthenon Art Museum, Lexington Art League, Morehead State University, Indiana State University, Western Oregon University, and many galleries. His artworks were collected by Morehead State University, Indiana State University, Lees College, Kentucky Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, Morehead Citizen’s Bank, Jackson First National Bank, Lexington Art League Gallery, and many private collectors. His artworks were published and reviewed on Anhui Provincial Pictorial, Anhui Provincial Daily, Lexington Herald-Leader, Indiana State University Magazine, Terre Haute Tribune Star, Indiana Statesman, Ashland Sunday Independent, and Western Oregon University Magazine.

Yang have a great interest in creating images that are meaningful and peaceful to common people. Within this framework, he often project into my paintings the feelings of quietness, uncertainty, and a natural environment that surrounds us and the relationships. Artwork should be simple on the surface but rich beneath proposing a deeper affection for humanity and the beauty of life.