TIANYU QIU, b. 1988, China, an interdisciplinary artist, curator, designer currently based in New York City. Tianyu focuses on construction of a narrative, fictional, and dystopian world which rethinks and narrate our contemporary time and popular culture. As a spacial thinker, he is intrigued by transforming spacial dynamics and relationships that engages with the audience intelligently and emotionally. He creates large scale immersive installation and spaces by taking inspirations from pop culture, technology, and computerized imageries. Tianyu also experiments with various different type mediums, such as video, sculpture, painting, performance, print, wearables and designed objects to create the virtual realms, as well as the avatar characters, called mignons, which is a collection of yellow faced emoji characters that represents the contemporary everyday emotion of every ordinary person.
Tianyu received his BFA degree in theater from University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, and MFA in Fine Arts at Parsons the New School of Design, where he was rewarded with the President Scholarship.
Tianyu performed his piece Game at the Itinerant Performing Art Festival 2017 in both Queens Museum and Bronx Museum of Arts. In 2018, Tianyu Presented his paper Dark Matter at College Arts Annual Conference in Los Angeles, which is a situational installation/performance he did in 2016 at Parsons the New School of Arts. In 2018 Tianyu started Yolk Studio LLC, which focuses on exhibition curation, design, and production. In the same year he became the creative director of Wonder World, he designed and produced two exhibitions, one is the premiere show in New York City, and the second show in Los Angeles. In 2019, he held his first major solo art exhibition in New York City, "Pixinity: Pop-Futurism."