Yo Yo Xiao 萧维
YoYo Xiao was born in Shao Shan, China. He went to Central Academy of Fine Arts majoring in Chinese traditional painting between 1991 and 1995 and later studied computer graphics and interactive media at Pratt Institute, New York. He received his MFA in 2005. He has held several awards and honors, such as the “Outstanding Prize” in Chinese Elite Artists in New York exhibition, 2004 and “Outstanding Emerging Artist” in the Contemporary Chinese Art Documenta, Beijing, 2007. He works are in the permanent collections of the Queens Museum of Art, New York; The Statue of Liberty- Ellis Island Foundation, New York; Shi Fang Museum of Art, Henan, China, to name just a few. He currently lives and works in New York.
Using digital technology, I constructed a three-dimensional image by applying many successive mutations in order to examine the emotional reactions of humans toward illusion. Starting with a single still photograph, I initiated a sequence of continuous and unstable calculations which triggered spontaneous distortions and modifications of the image. The irregular rearrangement and constant restructuring induced an atmosphere of illusion. This is intended to elicit unpredictable and incredible thoughts from the viewer.