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CONTEMPORARY FIGURATIVE ARTIST BASED IN LONDON





ARTIST BIO

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 she has recently participated in the UK reality TV show 'Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Year' 2023, episode 6.




ARTIST STATEMENT

As an artist of the Chinese diaspora, my work serves to maintain a connection to my roots. I draw inspiration from ordinary people's lives, social media, and my own memories of China, examining myself, my family, and my motherland through different lenses. Mainly through painting, sometimes sculpture and original printmaking, I explore my personal identity and familial relationships, as well as social reality in contemporary China. More specifically, I challenge preconceived notions, question stereotypes, and encourage discussions about social issues and changes, whilst emphasizing fundamental values such as love and family. People are the eternal subjects of my work, and my art process is all about empathy for my subjects. I strive to offer a unique perspective on Chinese culture and society from the outside, hoping to evoke a nuanced and thoughtful response from viewers from different communities and social groups, inviting them into something both strange and familiar.

My color choices and brushwork are influenced by Chinese traditional ink art, reflecting my cultural heritage. Through the blending of traditional artistic elements and the philosophies of Chinese ink art with contemporary themes and popular Western art mediums like oil, I aim to create a distinctive approach that cultivates an aesthetic and cultural exchange between East and West.

Ultimately, my art is a celebration of cultural diversity, a reflection of my experiences as a member of the Chinese diaspora, a re-emphasis of fundamental values, and an invitation to explore and connect with different perspectives.




ARTIST CV

Education

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)



Awards

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  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



Press

2024  St Cuthberts Mill, Green and Stone Works on Paper 2024 Winners, https://stcuthbertsmill.blogspot.com 2024  ARTdiscount, Artist interview:Yin Wanghttps://artdiscount.co.uk/blogs


Broadcast

2023   Sky Portrait Artist of the Year S10 E6 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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