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Born in Taipei, Taiwan, Ying-Fang Shen’s recent work falls within the fields of painting, illustration, and animation. She received her BFA in Painting at Taipei National University of the Arts in 2000, MFA in Painting at National Taiwan Normal University in 2004, and MFA in Digital Art at Indiana University in 2009.
Shen’s work reflects experiments influenced by the handmade aesthetics of traditional East Asian art and Taoist philosophy. She practices digital art with the sensibility of a painter, in that the outcome of her work is usually a series of marks of expression developed through a process of seeking originality and playfulness. In many of her animations, she overlies various textures and drawn elements to create works that reflect the spirit of Asian shadow puppetry.
Shen’s works have been exhibited in galleries and film festivals in over 50 countries since 2004.