Jay Yan is a Chinese-American artist; he wryly states, “I am born Chinese, raised American, and now because Chinese art is so hot, Chinese once more.” Jay Yan left China in 1989 at the age of 6. Although he often incorporates Chinese elements into his art, he feels he can only comment on it from an outsider’s perspective. Alexander De Tocqueville had the same kind of detached eye about the States in the 1830’s, and his viewpoint and novel, Democracy in America, were deemed the most precise of the day. Yan’s intimate relationship with the West as well as his point of view allows him to critique Chinese culture in a way young Chinese artists cannot. Having one foot in each world, he is able to relate and relay information, condensed and concentrated in the form of his video art, about two distinctly disparate societies, one West, one East.
Jay Yan graduated in 2007 from the University of California, Los Angeles, Design|Media Arts Department. His work has been shown around the world, including Today’s Art in Den Haag, STRP in Eindhoven, and Glow in Santa Monica, California. He currently lives and works in Los Angeles, California.