Tang was among the break-out artists to China who were
forced into political exile, or not able to return,
after the events following the Tianamen Square uprising.
In the mid-1980s, Tang was at the forefront of China's "New
Wave" art movement. After graduating from the
prestigious Central Academy of Art and Design, he went
on to serve as art critic and as vice director of the
editorial department for the professional Chinese Art
magazine Meishu (Art Monthly). He was a member of the
organizing committee and one of the primary exhibition
coordinators for the China Avant-garde Exhibition held
in Beijing in February, 1989. At the time this was
the largest non-government art exhibition held in China
since 1949. The exhibition was shut down twice and
became an important international news event. Since
relocating to the USA in 1991, he has been engaged
with various visual creations for different media.
In 2006 he left his position as associate creative
director of an advertising agency to dedicate himself
to painting full-time.