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Painting (MA)

Xinyi Yang

Xinyi Yang (b.1998) is a London-based Chinese artist working on painting and drawing. Xinyi is currently studying at the Royal College of Art in MA Painting program. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2020). Her art practice addresses the importance of the inner world and sentimental moods through the combination of surreal and abstract painting techniques.

Xinyi’s paintings have been shown in several group exhibitions in Chicago and London. Her first solo exhibition, 'Mothism', was held at SEAGER Gallery, London (2023). She participated the artist residency at Burren College of Art (2019), and received Ox-Bow Merit Scholarship from Ox-Bow School of Art & Artists’ Residency (2019).

Degree Details

School of Arts & HumanitiesPainting (MA)RCA2023 at Truman Brewery

Truman Brewery, F Block, Ground, first and second floors

studio photo

In Xinyi's work, she uses a combination of figurative and abstract painting to portray the experience and exploration of the inner world, and to express the complexity of the spirit through sentimentality.

Influenced by Jungian psychology, Christianity and Buddhism, Xinyi includes religious and psychological reflections in her work. The recurring symbols represent the unreachable absolute, which cannot be surpassed. The lines portray the universe and human reason. Both confine the spirit to the infinite finiteness. The spirit also creates complexity within it, suffocating itself in a fictive grandeur that it cannot breathe and can only explore within itself.

Memory and mood are the starting points for Xinyi's work. The figurative imagery of memory is the vehicle for emotions. The fineness of the brushstrokes and the uncompromising attention to details are the processing of vague memories. The inaccessibility of memory is temporarily fulfilled through complicated editing, making the pursuit of incompleteness a fascinating and hypocritical illusion that feeds on the lack of completeness.

In Xinyi's painting, she incorporates sentimentality into a deceptively positive illusion, a metaphor for the decay hidden within. The decadence with vitality is the result of the absence of perfection, the inaccessibility of memories, and the restrictive nature of the mind. Xinyi uses her aesthetic and philosophy to portray the complexity and depth of the mind, inviting the viewer into these immersive landscapes to explore the world of the self.

Xinyi Yang_It's the winter blowing
It's the winter blowingOil on primed paper, 20 x 30 cm, 2023
Xinyi Yang_Here's always the place to go
Here's always the place to goOil on primed paper, 27 x 37 cm, 2023
Xinyi Yang_Moonlight nightmare
Moonlight nightmareOil on primed paper, 20 x 30 cm, 2023
Xinyi Yang_Enter=Exit
Enter=ExitOil on primed paper, 20 x 30 cm, 2023
Xinyi Yang_The lost time passing by the windmill
The lost time passing by the windmillOil on primed paper, 20 x 30 cm, 2023
Xinyi Yang_Lost in the way forward
Lost in the way forwardOil on primed paper, 20 x 30 cm, 2023
Xinyi Yang_The light from afar never shines on us
The light from afar never shines on usOil on primed paper, 20 x 30 cm, 2023
Xinyi Yang_It all begins with memories
It all begins with memoriesOil on primed paper, 20 x 30 cm, 202
Xinyi Yang_The nostalgia called snow
The nostalgia called snowOil on primed paper, 20 x 30 cm, 2023
Xinyi Yang_A mother's voice from Jupiter
A mother's voice from JupiterOil on primed paper, 20 x 30 cm, 2023
Xinyi Yang_The sky below paradise
The sky below paradiseOil on primed paper, 20 x 30 cm, 2023
Xinyi Yang_The transparent spirit and the celebration
The transparent spirit and the celebrationOil on canvas, 20 x 30 cm, 2023