Zhang Huan, born in 1965, is a Chinese artist based in Shanghai and New York who is famously known for sculpture, photography and performance art. Zhang began his work as a performance artist, often exhibiting provocative actions using his naked body.
Zhang involves the body in his sculpture work as well. He creates giant copper hands and feet, magnified versions of fragments of broken Buddhist figures that he found in Tibet. All areas of Zhang’s work are linked to Chinese culture and Buddhism, all presenting an appreciation for daily life. ‘Tradition is the body of a people, faith is the soul of a people. Body and soul together create a complete existence. China is currently putting all its strength into developing and moving forward, but it cannot leave behind its body and soul.’