Xiaojing Yan is a Chinese born Toronto-based artist. She received her M.F.A on Sculpture from Indiana University, Pennsylvania, USA, and B.F.A from Nanjing Arts Institution, China. As an artist migrating from China to North America, both her identity and her work pass through the complex filters of different countries, languages, and cultural expectations. In her art, every idea travels through the intricate passageway of how she thinks in Chinese but speaks in English. In an effort to shape herself, she takes traditional Chinese materials and techniques and reinvents them within a Western aesthetic and presentation.
Yanâ€™s sculptures have been exhibited in galleries and museums in China, Canada and United States. Yan is the recipient of numerous grants including most recently the Emerging Artist Grant from Canada Council for the Arts.