Phyllis graduated with a BFA in Painting from the Rhode Island School of Design where she received the Florence Leif Award, and has been an artist-in-residence at Lijiang Studio in Yunnan province, China.
My foster mother raised me in China for seven years before I moved to New York permanently. During my upbringing China introduced me to poetry, language and literature, and NYC exposed me to graffiti and hip hop. As a child in-between cultures, my work reflects the awkward, complex attempts to reconcile these contrasting influences. While I paint, draw and weave, I also work through feelings of anger and alienation to make peace with my maternal abandonment. These experiences gather in my artworks to create a depiction of myself, a person having grown between two cultures and from family traumas.
|Exhibition History at Gallery 456|
|2021||Feeling by Phyllis Yao & David Wang|
|Works & History|
|2019||Presidential Scholarship, Anderson Ranch Arts Center |
|2019||Uncanny Tales – AGENCY, Brooklyn NY |
|2018||Emoji Show – Klaus von Nichtssagend, New York NY|
|2018||An Anemone Smiles at Me – Ed. Varie, New York NY |
|2018||ARTWorks, INC Fellow – Jamaica Center for the Arts and Learning, Jamaica NY |
|2018||Bunk Notes – Pilot Projects, Philadelphia PA|