Yang Haijian, also known as Gu Jian Shan Ren, is of Mongolian ethnicity. He was born in May 1947 in Chongqing and is the founder of Chinese cave landscape painting. Appointed as a visiting professor at the School of Fine Arts, Tsinghua University. Appointed as an honorary doctoral supervisor at Harvard School of Arts after comprehensive review by Harvard University in the United States. In the “Collection of Chinese Art Essays” published by the China Federation of Literary and Art Circles in 2000, the paper “I and Karst Cave Landscape Painting” was the first in the history of art to propose a Chinese painting name for karst cave landscapes – Karst Cave Landscape Painting, which is unprecedented.
In 2018, Yang Haijian was awarded the honorary title of “Chinese Art Master” by the Expert Committee of the Academic Committee of the China Association for the Study of Chinese and Foreign Celebrities Culture. He was also awarded the Top Ten Influential Figures in Contemporary Chinese Calligraphy and Painting at the 18th China Century Talent Summary and Commendation Conference and CCTV TV Character Awards. Research on the Inheritance of Karst Cave Landscape Painting Art, led by Yang Haijian.
In 2021, Chinese artist Yang Haijian was recommended as the “Global Artist Ambassador” and awarded a certificate by the following overseas media exhibitions, UAE News, American New Technology, The Guardian, New York Daily News, Los Angeles Times, and Time magazine. In 2022, he was awarded the honorary title of “New Era Art Giant” and was selected as one of Forbes China’s (Art Forbes) Top Ten Celebrities. In 2023, he was jointly awarded the Xu Beihong Lifetime Achievement Award by the China Federation of Literary and Art Circles and the Xu Beihong Lifetime Achievement Award Evaluation Committee. “Viewing China at the Peak of Art, Beautiful China”, “Chinese Contemporary Art Masters Times Square in New York” video exhibition, participated in multiple national calligraphy and painting invitation exhibitions in Beijing, participated in UNESCO, and won the special award “Special Honorary Contribution Award” at the 2023 Louvre International Exhibition in Paris, France.