Yiyun Chen
yiyun@yiyunnchen.com

Born 1988, Guangdong, China
Lives and works in Cleveland, OH

Education
2018    MFA, Photography and Related Media, Rochester Institute of Technology
2015    Post-Bacc, Photography and Video, The Cleveland Institute of Art
2015    BA, Studio Art Photography, Cleveland State University

Selected Exhibitions
2019    Distinguished Alumni Exhibition, The Galleries at CSU, Cleveland, OH (forthcoming)
2018    Terra Incognita, MFA Thesis Exhibition, William Harris Gallery, Rochester, NY
2017    The 1st Annual 2017 National Juried Art Exhibition, Wausau MOCA,Wausau, WI
2017    LoosenArt Collective, LoosenArt Gallery, Rome, Italy
2017    TURN UP II:The Alma Mater Edition, Popeye Gallery,Cleveland, OH
2017    SPAS Honors Show, William Harris Gallery, Rochester, NY
2016    MFA Work Share, William Harris Gallery, Rochester, NY
2016    CO-LAB, Gallery R, Rochester, NY
2016    The Same But Different, New York Center for Photographic Art, New York, NY
2015    The self(ie) and the other:portraiture, PH21 Gallery, Budapest, Hungary
2014 to 2015    Merit Scholar Exhibition, The Galleries at CSU, Cleveland, OH
2013 to 2015    The Student Art Show, The Galleries at CSU, Cleveland, OH
2012 to 2015    The 21st People’s Art Show, The Galleries at CSU, Cleveland, OH
2013    Western Reserve Photo Competition, Cuyahoga County Public Library, Cleveland, OH
2013    Spotlight: Emerging Photographers, Cleveland Print Room, Cleveland, OH
2012    Street Photography, LH Horton Jr Gallery, Stockton, CA

Selected Grants and Fellowships
2017 to 2018    William A. Reedy Endowed Scholarship, Rochester Institute of Technology
2016 to 2018    Theodore Chapman Graduate Scholarship, Rochester Institute of Technology
2016 to 2017    Honorable Mention, International Photography Awards, Los Angeles, CA
2016    Third Place Winner, The Same But Different, New York Center for Photographic Art, New York, NY
2015    Full Scholarship, CSU-CIA Post-Bacc Program, Cleveland State University
2015    Honorable Mention, The 44th Student Art Show, The Galleries at CSU, Cleveland State University
2015    Honorable Mention, The 35th Annual Best of College Photography, Santa Barbara, CA
2013 to 2014    Visual Art Merit Scholarship, Cleveland State University
2011 to 2015    Radiance Scholarship, Cleveland State University
2010 to 2011    Mayor Frank G. Jackson Scholarship, Cleveland City Hall, Cleveland, OH

Collections
Mandel Foundation, Cleveland OH
Cleveland State University, Cleveland, OH

About
Yiyun Chen is a photographer/artist, currently lives and works in Cleveland, OH, USA. Born in southern China, Yiyun was used to moving between cities, from one home to another. Wandering through city’s streets and lanes becomes at first a pastime and then a ritual for his to feel connected with the surroundings. In his work, personal experiences and compassion transfigure into gentle conversations between human settlements and the mother nature. Gloomy light from narrow windows melts into the dazzling starry night; half-deserted broken chairs emerge from flourished plants. Representational scenes in his works that seemly ordinary always intertwine with abstract details using image languages, meditation, and dreamlike textures. However, with a second look, the serenity of the objects turns the brightest color into some kind of eulogy attempting vainly to recapture something past.