Shanlin Ye

Shanlin Ye


MFA, Tsinghua University Academy of Fine Arts. Beijing. 2001

BFA,  Central Academy of Fine Arts and Design. Beijing. 1998


2006-present: US and China-based artist

2001-2006: Lecturer, Beijing Institute of Fashion Design


I grew up in China and received my education in China. I moved to the US in 2012 and blended into this country of immigrants. Still I feel quite lost from time to time. After a couple of years of living in the US, I came to feel lost when I visit China, too.
Recently I have worked on paper with heads and figures. I am fascinated by the fluidity and ungoverned nature of watercolor. I enjoy watching the water and the color dancing on paper. It is like a poem. My work is not about realism or perfection; rather, they address the opposite: the coarse, imperfect and aberrant. I try to reveal the unseen part of human existence and human identification in my paintings. It is a spiritual communication when I paint a portrait, and I will be thrilled if you can find a way to communicate with the persons you meet in this body of work.