Phyllis Yao
Artist Statement

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.

Artist Web Site
Exhibition History at Gallery 456
2021Feeling by Phyllis Yao & David Wang
Works & History
2019Presidential Scholarship, Anderson Ranch Arts Center
2019Uncanny Tales – AGENCY, Brooklyn NY
2018Emoji Show – Klaus von Nichtssagend, New York NY
2018An Anemone Smiles at Me – Ed. Varie, New York NY
2018ARTWorks, INC Fellow – Jamaica Center for the Arts and Learning, Jamaica NY
2018Bunk Notes – Pilot Projects, Philadelphia PA