Figurative Artist | Yin Wang | London
Yin Wang


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Yin Wang is a figurative and portrait artist born in Nanjing, China. She has lived in Shanghai and Hong Kong, and she is currently based in London.

She primarily creates paintings, and occasionally ventures into sculpture and printmaking. Her artwork explores various aspects of her identity, familial relationships, her connection to her homeland, and her perspective on China from the outside. Furthermore, she imbues her work with significant values, such as the importance of family and love.

Yin is currently studying BA Fine Art at the Art Academy London, and her work has been recently exhibited at the Royal Society of British Artists Annual Exhibition 2024.


As an artist of the Chinese diaspora, my work serves as a conduit to maintain a profound connection to my cultural roots. Primarily focused on painting with occasional forays into sculpture and printmaking, I draw inspiration from the ordinary yet complex aspects of Chinese people’s lives, Chinese social media, mythologies and literature, as well as my nostalgic memories. Through my art, I explore themes of self, family, and homeland from various perspectives, such as personal experiences, cultural influences, historical contexts, language and communication, and societal norms, leading me on a journey of self-discovery and peeling back the layers of familial ties against the backdrop of contemporary China's social landscape.  

More specifically, I strive to underscore the fundamental values of love and family while sparking meaningful conversations about pressing social issues and evolving norms in Chinese society. People are the eternal subjects of my work, and my art process is all about empathy for my subjects. By offering a perspective on Chinese society from the outside, my art evokes a nuanced and thoughtful response from viewers across diverse communities and social groups, inviting them into a realm that is at once unfamiliar yet resonant, to explore the rich tapestry of Chinese heritage and contemporary realities from a perspective that increases understandings and transcends stereotypes and clichés.

My choices of colour and materials, as well as the way I manipulate paint or other materials, are influenced by Chinese traditional art, especially ink painting, calligraphy, architecture, and folk art, reflecting my cultural heritage. This influence is manifested in the use of expressive brush work, symbolism, monochrome, dripping, and the play of scales in my work. Through the blending of traditional artistic elements with contemporary themes and popular Western art mediums like oil, I aim to create a distinctive approach that fosters an aesthetic and cultural exchange between East and West.



2023 – Due to complete in 2024  Art Academy London – BA Fine Art
2021 – 2023  Art Academy London – Foundation Degree Fine Art (Contemporary Portraiture)
2020 – 2021  Art Academy London – Certificate Fine Art
2005 – 2008  Donghua University (Shanghai, China) – MA Artistic Design (Fashion)
2001 – 2005  Donghua University (Shanghai, China) – BA Artistic Design (Fashion)


2024 Royal Society of British Artists Annual Exibition- Winsor & Newton Painting Award, Winner
2024 Art Academy London- Royal Society of British Artists Prize, Winner
2024 Works on Paper exhibition, Green&Stone Gallery in partnership with St. Cuthberts Mill- Original Print Award, Winner
2023 Art Academy London- Royal Society of Portrait Painters Annual Exhibition prize, Winner
2021 Art Academy London- Autumn Peer Prize, Second Place
2021 Art Academy London- Principal’s Prize, Winner

Group Shows

2024  Royal Society of British Artists Annual Exibition, Mall Galleries, London
2024  Works on Paper exhibition, Green&Stone Gallery in partnership with St. Cuthberts Mill, London
2023  Contemporary Portraiture Degree Show, Art Academy London
2023  Royal Society of Portrait Painters Annual Exhibition, Mall Galleries, London
2023  Finding Space Group Exhibition, Open Ealing Arts Centre, London
2022  ALTERA Group Exhibition, Nolia's Gallery , London
2021  Certificate Grad Show, Art Academy London


2024 a-n  Degree Shows Guide/2024
2024  St Cuthberts Mill blog,  Artist interview:Yin Wang

2024  St Cuthberts Mill blog, Green and Stone Works on Paper 2024 Winners

2024  ARTdiscount blog, Artist interview:Yin Wang


2023   Sky Portrait Artist of the Year S10 E6 (Heat 5) participant

Selected Commissions

2022  Portrait of a Uyghur Family in London, Ablikim and Mukaddes’s Private Collection
2021- Now  Through her ongoing project “50 Faces Made With Love”, Yin has created portraits for private collections in the UK, Europe and China

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