Ye Cheng 


Ye Cheng (b.1992, Henan) is a Chinese diaspora artist whose work explores themes of displacement, mobility, disjunction, and self-recognition, drawing on her experience of living between boundaries and communities. A first-generation immigrant of the United States, Cheng’s practice reflects her vision of globalisation, relating the artist’s challenges to the larger state of cultural migration and recalling the loss of Chinese heritage as creative expression.

Ye Cheng graduated with a MFA degree in Fine Art from the New School at Parsons, New York (2022), and a BFA degree in painting from Maryland Institute College of Art, Maryland (2016). Ye Cheng exhibited across the United States and Asia, including Latitude Gallery in New York; Chambers Fine Art in New York; Make Room in Los Angeles; and RHAA, Chicago; Soka Gallery in Beijing, China. Her work was selected and featured in e-flux Education and Artnet.

Ye Cheng currently lives and works in New York.

Shape of Memories | Trailer

Video | Memory Map

Artist Statement

Memory Map by Ye Cheng


Bright bold colors on deep black backgrounds, my surreal architectural paintings show abstracted and distorted places from memory – a garden, an apartment, and my imagination; inviting viewers to lose themselves in their maze-like quality.

In this series, titled Memory Map, I address the experience of cultural displacement, mobility, and disjunction. I draw on sensations of distance and detachment to conjure new worlds. Through Escher-like spaces, I explore my relationship with lost memories and forgotten specifics.

Home represents safety, comfort, and longing, yet I question whether these feelings are attached to a real location or an imaginary space. The works combine mediated representations of existing places with architectural forms and cultural motifs, recalling Song dynasty Chinese mountain paintings as disappearing heritage, a home, and a shelter.

The renderings of hybrid spaces exist in the zone between reality and invention, present and past, physical and digital.

Zone 2, 2023, acrylic on synthetic silk, 35.5×45.5 cm, detail

Circling staircases, ruins, playgrounds before dinner, 2022, mixed media on silk polyester, 92×132 cm, detail

The Red House, 2023, acrylic on synthetic silk, 66×86 cm, detail

A nap in backyard, 2023, acrylic and oil on synthetic silk, 132×66 cm, detail

Zone 1, 2023, acrylic on synthetic silk, 45.5×35.5 cm, detail


2022 Master of Fine Art, The New School, Parsons, New York, U.S.
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting, Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
2015 Studio Arts Center International, Florence, Italy
2023 Vista Flux, Latitude Gallery, New York, New York, U.S.
Night Siesta, Accent Sisters, Jersey City, New Jersey, U.S.
2023 Evening Shadow, Make Room, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Genesis: A New Generation of Chinese Artists, Artfarm, Chambers Fine Art, New York, U.S.
Paris, Texas, Soka Art, Beijing, China
Cruel Spring, Latitude Gallery, New York, U.S.
Trove, Deanna Evans Projects, New York, U.S.
2022 An Asterism, the Parsons Fine Arts MFA thesis exhibition, Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Gallery, New York, U.S.
Conceive, Latitude Gallery, New York, U.S.
2021 A City to Wear, The Research House for Asian Art, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Its time to reduce the backlog, The Latitude Gallery, Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
2019 LA Open, TAG Gallery, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
2018 Conception Art, Iron Triangle, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Star Project, Tree Art Museum, Beijing, China
2017 LA Open, TAG Gallery, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Expo Contemporary, The Reef, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Beverly Hills Art Show, Beverly Hills, California, U.S.
2016 Star Project, Tree Art Gallery, Beijing, China
Star Project, Tree Art Gallery, University of Miami, Florida, U.S.
2015 The Other Worlds, Pantocrator Gallery, Shanghai, China
MICA at SACI, Palazzo Jules Maidoff, Florence, Italy

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