Qianwen Yu (b. Guilin, China) is an interdisciplinary artist and animator based in Chicago, IL. She graduated with a Master of Fine Arts degree in Film, Video, New media, and Animation at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2020. Her artwork and animation have exhibited and screened at Hyde Park Art Center in Chicago, Woman Made Gallery in Chicago, Anifilm Festival in Czech Republic, Anibar International Film Festival in Kosovo, Supertoon International Festival in Croatia, Evanston Art Center in Chicago, and CICA museum in South Korea. She also has been featured as a guest blogger at Women's Song Forum.
Qianwen has a background in architecture and painting studies spanning several years. Following rigorous exam-oriented studies in architectural design and painting, Qianwen developed an interest in art that defies the established rules of her training while maintaining its influence. In 2018, upon arriving in Chicago she began experimenting with different materials and methods of animation. Her interest in textiles started while she was attempting to combine woven fabrics with her animation. After falling in love with the work of 20-century Bauhaus weaving artists, weaving became a core part of her work.
(photo credit: Baiqian Zhang)