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Yao Xiao is a China-born illustrator based in New York City. Yao Xiao creates artwork depicting a poetic visual world where complex concepts and human emotions are examined, amplified, and given physical form.
Her work has helped people all over the globe connect at unique moments, from the celebration of the 20 Year Anniversary of the SXSW Interactive Festival, to the grand release of pop singer Katy Perry's single 'Dark Horse.' She has created deeply emotional and beautiful graphics for editorial print publications, pop music record covers, concert posters and book covers.
Yao Xiao's serialized comic Baopu currently runs monthly on Autostraddle. It is an original comic exploring the nuances in searching for identities, connections and friendships through the fictional life of a young, queer emigrant.
Baopu stands for 'holding simplicity,' a Taoist ideal of wishing to return to a simpler state.
Find her on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Etsy or her website.
Yao has written 118 articles for us.
These are so powerful, I can’t wait to see more!
Love love love
I feel this at a molecular level.
I love this series so much. So glad you have furniture Yao! xx
My dad’s been a foreigner in the US for over 30 years, and he still feels that it’s a dream-place where he lives a fictional life. Which he says is the only way he can bear the madness of the place.
As a personal experience, this is a powerful way of showing (how I read/see it) identification and rejection of the culture one comes from and the dominant culture one is in. I hope that you are finding your way with people who support you for you. all the feels.
Aaaaaah that hit me in right in the emotions.
Also, I have piece of your art in my kitchen that makes me happy every day.
Oh, this. So much this.