Yowshien Kuo
"A Chink in the Curtain," "But Victor Denies the Similarities Between Himself and the Monster," "Don't Cry for Me," "I Could Spend My Life in this Sweet Surrender," "Slipped in Hope," "The Presence of the Other" 

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"A Chink in the Curtain."  Acrylic and mixed media on canvas. by Yowshien Kuo.

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"But Victor Denies the Similarities Between Himself and the Monster." Acrylic and mixed media on canvas. by Yowshien Kuo.

"Don't Cry for Me." Acrylic and mixed media on canvas. by Yowshien Kuo.

"I Could Spend My Life in This Sweet Surrender." Acrylic and mixed media on canvas. by Yowshien Kuo.

"Slipped in Hope." Acrylic and mixed media on canvas. by Yowshien Kuo.

"The Presence of the Other." Acrylic and mixed media on canvas. by Yowshien Kuo.

Artist's Statement

St. Louis-based multimedia artist Yowshien Kuo uses art to explore identity and culture against expectations of what it means to be American. Kuo’s mission is to empower marginalized communities and highlight the troubles they face in their day-to-day lives through the visual language of Americana, folded together with a multiplicity of art historical references, to render images that are at once remarkably precise, allegorical, flattened, and filled with movement.

Bio

Yowshien Kuo was educated in both the U.S. and Taiwan and completed his MFA in 2014 from Fontbonne University. Kuo is an active exhibiting artist living and working in St. Louis, Missouri.

His experience between both Western and Eastern cultures made it challenging for him to effectively assimilate into either of them. He describes, “My days in Taiwan were filled with studying the arts and the enjoyment of life; in America, the cost of making a comfortable life for myself meant focusing on avoiding being “the other”. My American dreams of fitting in led to shame and embarrassment towards my Asian heritage, and it left me with an inescapable sense of loss that I am constantly working to remedy through my artistic practice.”

In 2020 Yowshien had his first museum exhibition at the Contemporary Art Museum in St. Louis. In 2021 he exhibited with Praise Shadows in Boston, MA, James Fuentes Online - New York, NY and is scheduled to exhibit in Art Taipei 2021, Taipei, Taiwan. More information on Yowshien can be found in New American Paintings 149,  16 Rising Artist of the Asian Diaspora in the United States on artsy.net and interviewed by Brainard Cary for Yale University radio WYBCX. 

You can see more of their work on instagram: @yowshien