Yuri Yuan

Yuri Yuan’s paintings, created with a delicate palette, emphasize the fundamental emptiness of the modern condition. The artist’s work depicts everyday life, capturing a mundanity in even the most surreal scenes—as well as a loneliness that follows her female protagonists from the city to the countryside, and from reality into dream. By emphasizing the unexplainable, Yuan’s works represent a sea change for figurative painting.


Yuri Yuan was born in Harbin, China in 1996 and raised in Singapore. The artist received a BFA from the Art Institute of Chicago in Illinois and an MFA from Columbia University in New York City.

Exhibitions of Yuan’s work have taken place at: Make Room Los Angeles in California (2021); New York Academy of Art in New York City (2021); Alexander Berggruen in New York City (2021); the Asia Art Center in Taipei, Taiwan (2021); Tiger Strikes Asteroid in New York City (2021); Project Gallery V in New York City (2021); The ROOM Contemporary Art Space in Venice, Italy (2021); and Siragusa Gallery in Chicago, Illinois (2018).

The critic John Yau has described Yuan’s paintings as “understated, but... signal[ing] a significant shift in consciousness.”

Yuan was a recipient of the Helen Frankenthaler Foundation scholarship in 2020, and Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant in 2019.

Yuan currently lives and works in New York City.