Yang was the first director and a founding member of the Taipei School, in 1991 he won the first Art Creation Award of Hsiung Shih Fine Arts; his works have been shown in numerous exhibitions, including his first solo exhibition at the Taipei Fine Arts Museum; in 1990 he participated in the Taiwan Art Museum Exhibition "300 years of Taiwan Art"; in 1995 his works were included in the "Exhibition of Taiwanese Art" in Rome. Yang Mao-lin's works represent a segment of Taiwanese history and build up time/space juxtapositions; they take a critical and even subversive view of Taiwanese historical events. Since the 1990s, he has criticized Taiwanese social phenomena under the long-term influence of American culture and Japanese culture. Then he added multiple-media in his installation work to respond to current Taiwan society. Yang has been frequently invited to participate in international art exhibitions. In 1999, his early series of Zeelandia Memorandum was shown at the 48th Venice Biennale and was well received by international art critics and collectors.