TIANYU QIU, b. 1988, China, an interdisciplinary artist, curator, designer currently based in New York. Tianyu focuses on construction of a narrative, fictional, and dystopian world that rethinks about our contemporary time and popular culture. As an artist who uses both physical and digital mediums, he is intrigued by transforming the dynamics between objects and images in space, which the art can engage with the audience intelligently and emotionally. He creates installation and animations by taking inspirations from pop culture, social/political events, technology, cartography and other means of computerized imageries.
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 Art Annual Conference in Los Angeles, which is about a situational installation/performance he did at Parsons the New School of Design in 2016. In 2017 and 2018, he has shown and curated exhibitions at Pingyao International Photography Festival in China. In 2018 Tianyu started Yolk Studio LLC, that focuses on exhibition curation, design and production. In 2019, he held his first major solo art exhibition ‘Pixinity: Pop-Futurism’ in New York City. Tianyu has also been the Senior Digital Experience Designer at Deloitte Consulting LLP since 2021.