Lives and works in New York
Yang Mai’s work focuses on the possible functions that clothing can have in sculpture and how to articulate these possibilities in the language of gallery installation. By removing commercial seriousness from industrial and introducing playful or exaggerated features, his work hopes to encourage and celebrate our rebellious human nature and establish alternative symbolizations of the present reality.
Mai has been awarded an National Endowment for the Arts Award in 2021. He was featured in solo exhibitions titled 如果我能说（If I May Say) at PROJECT 98, Beijing, 2021; Good Morning, China!（早上好，中国！） at CUE Art Foundation, New York, 2020. Travels to ChaShaMa, New York, 2021; and Made in China at ChaShaMa Non-Profit Art Organization, New York, 2017; His work has been presented at New York Fashion Week in 2018 and 2019. His work has also shown internationally, such as Beijing Nali Patio 201 Space; Beijing Taihe Art Center; Aqua Art Miami Fair; The 2016 Design Show in Chicago; and a two-person exhibition at Sage Studio in Chicago. His work has been included in The New York Times, Artnet, Contemporary Art Daily WWD, and more
Mai holds a Master degree from School of Art institute of Chicago, and a Bachelor degree from Beijing Institute of Fashion Technology.