Yunfei Ren (1987, Wuhan, China) is a visual artist living in San Francisco, working in installation, photography, sound and sculpture. His work centers on the immigrant experience, exploring the complexity of identity and belonging in the context of history, citizenship and queerness. Inspired by his personal experience, Ren's practice investigates the history of racial prejudice and heightens the tension between the past and the present.

He earned a BA in French Literature from Middlebury College (2010) and is now an MFA candidate at Stanford University (2024). His work was recently exhibited at de Young Museum, Chinese Historical Society Museum, and was featured in the Washington Post. In 2021 and 2022, he was an artist-in-residence at the Atlantic Center for the Arts.

Honors & Awards

  • Artist-in-Residence, Atlantic Center for the Arts (2022)
  • Artist-in-Residence, Atlantic Center for the Arts (2021)
  • Finalist, National Portrait Gallery Photographic Portrait Prize 2021 (2021)
  • Kathryn Davis Fellows for Peace, Middlebury College (2021)