Born and raised in Guangdong, China, Yiyun Chen is a photographer, artist and educator currently based in Cleveland, Ohio. In 2015 he received his Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art from Cleveland State University and was invited into the Post Bac program at Cleveland Institute of Art where he continued studies in photography and video. In 2018 Yiyun earned his MFA in photography and related media from Rochester Institute of Technology where he was also recipient of the Theodore Chapman and William A. Reedy Endowment Scholarship in support of graduate studies.

Yiyun is known for portraits and artist books, as well as his poetic images of Chinese immigrant. Since 2012 Yiyun Chen has actively participated national and international exhibitions and awards and scholarships for his creative work – Wausau MOCA, MOCA Cleveland, New York Center for Photographic Art, LH Horton Jr Gallery in Stockton, William Harris Gallery and Gallery R in Rochester, PH21gallery in Hungary, and Loosen Art Gallery in Italy.






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