"Huang Yan’s mode of visual apprehension represents in all evidence, a contemporary- Chinese- development based on Andy Warhol’s work. He takes the notion of the replica and combines it with contemporary techniques of image reproduction such as downloading, image manipulation, or video. Huang Yan has abandoned the domain of Chinese symbolism in order to take up visual narrative. This narrative discourse is a system, imagination and coercion, it is the systematic appropriation of the given cultural symbols. He does not tell us a story about China, but is rather in pursuit of a sense of values connected to traditional culture within contemporary society itself, both Chinese and international."
- Zhang Zhaohui