Sophia Yee 油画家 莎菲亚.俞 was born in China and spent most of her childhood in the city of Hangzhou; a charming and culturally rich town on China’s east coast. There she learned to draw from her grandfather, who introduced her to traditional Chinese brush painting and also influenced her to write poetry at a very young age.
In the 70’s, during the Cultural Revolution in China, her dream of becoming an artist was completely shattered, as any sense of the freedom of expression was sharply curtailed during this period. In 1981 she immigrated to America and decided to pursue art once again.
In America she encountered Surrealism and Expressionism but in the end her painting; while informed by these traditions, is individualistic and personal. Her work both in painting and in poetry is about feelings made aesthetic by intention. The subject matter in her painting, whether landscape or still-life, provides both a focus for contemplation of a life that has encountered the most abrupt and unexpected of changes, and a point of departure for an excursion into the psychological aspects of memory. Writing poetry is another way she is able to express herself and compensate for something that sometimes she cannot achieve through her visual art.
In 1989 Sophia Yee graduated from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and earned her BFA degree from Tufts University. Since then, she has shown her artwork internationally and locally in museums and extensively in galleries.
1989 Obtained a M.B.F.A. degree from Tufts University
1987-1989 Tufts University 毕业于塔夫兹大学
Course of study: Art History, western literature, German literature, Social Psychology, Anthropology, Music, Writing, and etc.
1983-1986 The School of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston 波士顿美术愽物馆学院
The School of the Museum of Fine Art Boston, MA Course of study: Painting, Drawing, Photograph, Ceramics, Print, Studio work, Art History and writin
My paintings make use of imagery from nature, but are not landscapes. Rather, I appeal to the natural world for its beauty and sources. That is, nature somehow provides a visual framework around which I build a reflection of something internal, a mood, a perspective, a state of mind, a philosophical disposition, and the wisdom it has brought, for the expansion of my vision. I constant challenge for something new and meaningful.
Nature is a vital force to balance all the things which around me in personal level and as well as in social level. Nature reflects the true sense of life, through light and shadow. I use in natural sceneries and imagined sceneries for my composition, I use both intended and unintended colors to achieve the emotional responses and reexamination in my life. I also challenge myself for using unconventional materials such as x-ray films, constructed papers, glasses and etc. as my painting surfaces that give me a different way of using paint, brushwork and color.
Delicate flowers, azure skies, and the turquoise tints of water, the ostensible subjects of my paintings, are for me simply points of departure for an aesthetic and emotional investigation provoked by insistent memories and life experiences.