Livien Yin

b. 1990, United States

Livien Yin is a painter and sculptor based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  Her art practice examines the histories of Chinese migration.  In her recent work, Yin paints vignettes of the first waves of Chinese Immigration to North America. She repurposes Imagery from photographic archives and paintings made during the Chinese Exclusion Era to portray fictional Identities.  Yin responds to the absence of visual documentation by rendering the imagined desires, pleasures and new camaraderie experienced by Chinese Immigrants. 

Yin received her MFA in Art Practice at Stanford University and her BA in Studio Art at Reed College. She has been awarded a 2021 Nō Studios Visual Art Grant (2021), Graduate Fellowship at Headlands Center for the Arts (2019-2020), the American Austrian Foundation/Seebacher Prize for Fine Arts (2019), and recently completed an artist residency at the Marble House Project in Dorset, Vermont. Yin has had solo exhibitions at The New Gallery in Calgary, Alberta (2021) and Friends Indeed Gallery in San Francisco (2022).