YaYa Chou was
born and raised in Taipei, Taiwan. She
earned her MFA in Experimental Animation from California Institute of the Arts
and continues to live and work in Los Angeles, California.
Chou is an award-winning filmmaker turned sculptor
and installation artist who explores innovative uses of materials. Her work
ranges from sculpture made of gummi bears, licorice lace, burnt toast, and
found objects to installations with traditional media such as clay, paper,
fabric, and glass. Her work reflects the cultural, biological diversity and raw
nature of humanity and life. She is inspired by the living conditions, social
phenomena and behaviors of organisms. Supported by science, eastern philosophy
and literature, she investigates how lives are lived.
exhibited in solo shows, most recently at:
Sharjah Calligraphy Biennial,
Sharjah Art Museum, United Arab Emirates in 2014; den contemporary art, West
Hollywood, California in 2011; Central School Project, Bisbee, Arizona in 2011;
Fort Wayne Museum of Art, Fort Wayne, Indiana in 2010; Indie Collective
Gallery, Culver City, California in 2010; and LAAA/Gallery 825, Los
Angeles, California in 2009. Selected
group exhibitions include shows at: the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley,
Winchester, Virginia in 2014; Village Theatre Art Gallery, Danville, California
in 2013; George Billis Gallery, Culver City, California in 2013; Palm Springs
Art Museum, Palm Springs, California in 2012; San Luis Obispo Museum of Art,
and the San Luis Obispo, California in 2011.
Her award winning animated
films have been screened in numerous international film festivals.
Chou is the
recipient of two “Artist Resource for Completion” (ARC) Grants from the Durfee
Foundation, as well as a Downtown Los Angeles Artists’ Grant. She was in residency at the Central School
Project in Bisbee, Arizona in 2001.