Jianyuan Ding was born and raised in Shanghai, China. Ding received her bachelor of arts in Art from the University of California, Irvine, and she is currently studying her Master in Fine Arts at California College of the Arts. Ding mainly works with photography to explore the connection between the act of observation and inner perception, rethinking the relationship between images and between images with one’s own self. She shapes her eyes on small things and overlooked details of everyday life and nature to uncover subtle implicit meanings within mindful observation. Ding explores metaphors, imaginations, and sequences within photographs to find and create meanings from nothingness. She uses this explorable way to create an intangible and poetic narration to evoke others’ subtle feelings from experiencing and seeing. She is also interested in experimenting different printed materials with photographs.



2021-2023         MFA in Fine Arts, California College of the Arts
2016-2020        BA in Art, University of California, Irvine


2023                     36th Annual Barclay Simpson Award

Group Exhibitions

2023                    MFA Thesis Exhibition, At CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts
2023                    Barclay Simpson Master of Fine Arts Award Exhibition, At CCA The Nave
2020                   16th Annual Juried Undergraduate Exhibition, At UCI University Art Gallery

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