I grew up in Taiwan, a mountain inland in the West Pacific Ocean. Taipei, the place I lived, is a crowded city surrounded by lush hills. Since I was four, drawing kept me occupied, and I knew that art would be my career. In the following years I have been answering that calling in my heart. The visual experience from my hometown and the pattern of Chinese culture helped me lay down some framework for my art in the later years. I received a Painting BFA in Taipei National University of the Arts in 2000, and a Painting MFA in National Taiwan Normal University in 2004.
Apart from painting, I have developed an increasing interest in digital media. I have gained a deep appreciation for films and animations, and the role and function they play in the art community. In 2006, I came to the US for pursuing my second MFA in Digital Art at Indiana University, and since my arrival I have grown interested in conveying subtle feelings and ideas to frames without spoken words.
‧Go Figure. June 6 – July, 11 2008. (Upcoming)
The Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center, KY, USA — Juried exhibit
‧The Sight of the Bathers. May 15 – June 11, 2007.
Baito Museum, Taipei, Taiwan — Invited exhibit
‧DART Exhibition. March, 2007
SoFA Gallery, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN, USA — Group exhibit (present 6 pieces)
‧The Year of Dog. February, 2006
Sin Kong Mitsukoshi, Tainan, Taiwan — Group exhibit (present 20 illustrations)
‧The Sight of the Bathers. July, 2004
National Taiwan Normal University, Taipei, Taiwan — Thesis exhibition
‧Nanying Art Exhibition. May, 2002.
Tainan County Cultural Affairs Bureau, Taipei, Taiwan — Juried exhibit
‧Department Exhibition in Taipei National University of the Arts. 1998, 1999, 2000
Taipei National University of the Arts, Taipei, Taiwan — Group exhibit
‧Five-Person Chinese Painting Exhibition. 1997
North and South Art Gallery, Department of Fine Arts, Taipei National University of the Arts, Taipei, Taiwan– Group exhibit
Ying-Fang Shen is participating in
CologneOFF III – 3rd edition of Cologne Online Film Festival
VideoChannel – video project environments