Born in I-lan, Taiwan. Yang studied architecture at the Tokyo Art School in Japan, fine arts at Fu Jen University in Beijing, and sculpture at the National Academy of Art in Rome. During 1964-1966, he held exhibitions in major cities in Italy and was awarded the gold metal in painting and a silver medal in sculpture at the Olimpiadi d'Arte e Cultura Abano Terme in 1966. He was also awarded the World Peace Prize for Culture and Arts by the ROC's Literature and Arts Society. In 1991 Yang held a Stainless Steel Sculpture Exhibition in the National Museum of Singapore.