Yan Gi Cheng


Yan Gi Cheng’s artistic practice aims to bring together and create new contingencies between art, philosophy, religion, science and design. His work explores the disparate trajectories across these disciplines, often forcing contradictory gestures and relations to coexist as one.

Coming from both western and non western cultures has been a catalyst to find ways of making art which transcends national categorisation. Yan aims to gain a deeper understanding of the universal laws of geometry, which has been an underlying theme throughout his artistic evolution.

Geometry means ‘measure of the world’ and it has been an ancient practice of philosophers, mathematicians and artists since Egyptian, Indian and Greek times. Reality consists of pure essences or archetypal ideas, of which the phenomena we perceive are mere pale reflections. Through geometry, Yan seeks to articulate the metaphysical realms, thus a seemingly common mathematical activity becomes a discipline for intellectual and spiritual insight.

Key facts

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  • British born Chinese artist based in Berlin
  • Holds a MA in Contemporary Art from the Chelsea College of Arts – University of the Arts London, London (2008) and a second MA at Transart Institute, New York (2015)
  • Artist-in-residence at Residency Unlimited, New York (2014)
  • Exhibited in solo and group shows including ‘PALA FRUITS _ Hierarchy of Perception’, Plateau Gallery (Berlin, 2015); ‘Curated by NoLIta‘, The Nolitan Hotel (New York, 2014); ‘Neoscapes’, Boom Gallery (Hong Kong, 2012); ‘Representation beyond representation / Landscape beyond landscape’, Kapok Gallery (Hong Kong, 2012); ‘Power Woman’ &’It’s just a F***ing Collection’ Ground Zero (Hong Kong/Paris, 2011)

This artist currently does not showcase any artwork of this medium on Unframe.