Vanguard gallery


Yi Xin Tong


1988         Born in Lushan, China

Lives and works in New York, USA


Solo and Duo-Exhibitions

2023         Ring over Pond over Tusks, Candice Madey Gallery, New York, USA

2022         Petrified Seas, Vanguard Gallery, Shanghai, China

2022         Environmental Love Manual, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France

2022         Environnment, Mon Amour, Today Art Museum, Beijing, China

2020        World River Atlas, Vanguard Gallery, Shanghai, China

2019         The Attraction Show – Origin of Ripples, Snarte Space, Nanchang, China

2018         Going Outside, curated by Betti-Sue Hertz, NanHai Art, Millbrae, USA 

2017          Alien, Vanguard Gallery, Shanghai, China

2017         NYC Fishing Trip, NARS Foundation, Brooklyn, USA

2016         Strange New Health, Katzman Contemporary, Toronto, Canada

2016         Lots of Pulp, SBC Gallery, Brooklyn, USA

2015         Gas Station VIII: Rubber Trumpet, Vanguard Gallery, Shanghai, China

2014         Thin Air, Bright Light, Katzman Contemporary, Toronto, Canada

2014         The Phenotypic Traits of Facets, AVENUE, Vancouver, Canada

2013         Claude Is Allergic to Unicorns, 80 WSE Gallery, New York, USA



Group Exhibitions

2023        Art Within Reach I,  APSMUSEUM, Shanghai, China

2023        At Sunrise and Sunset, Tides Rise and Fall, QI MU SPACE, Beijing, China

2023        White Holes: The Mysteries and Modern Perceptions of Oracle Bone Script, 798CUBE, Beijing, China

2023        In the Air, SPURS GALLERY, Beijing, China

2023        Layered Surface, Vanguard Gallery, Shanghai, China (2023)

2023        Map of Dusk, Jinjiang Hotel, Shanghai, China

2023        Year by Year, DEJI Art Museum, Nanjing, China

2022         2022 Beijing Biennial, National base for international cultural trade, Beijing, China

2022         Multispecies Clouds, Macalline Art Center, Beijing, China

2022         Liquid Ground, UCCA Dune, Hebei, China

2022         Beast, Chimera, Kin, Hessel Museum of Art, New York, USA 

2021         Boomerang – OCAT Biennale 2021, OCT Art &Design Gallery, Shenzhen, China 

2021         Death Ray on the Coral Island, Power Station of Art, Shanghai, China

2021         Durational, Vanguard Gallery, Shanghai, China

2021         Liquid Ground, Para Site, Hong Kong, China (upcoming)  

2021         Being in the Void, Minsheng Art Museum, Beijing, China      

2021         From Checkers to Complex Systems, Times Art Museum, Chengdu, China        

2020        Meditations in an Emergency, UCCA Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing, China     

2020        Object Play, Underwater New York, New York, USA            

2020        Catastrophic Beauty, Qualia Contemporary Art, Palo Alto, USA  

2020        One Tree Fifty Ideas, TianMuLi, Hangzhou, China

2019         Extreme Mix – Guangzhou Airport Biennial 2019,  Guangzhou ariport resort, Guanghzou, China  

2019         BRIC Biennial III, BRIC House, Brooklyn, USA

2019         Disaster of Extra Epic Proportions, curated by Alvin Li, chi K11 art museum, Shanghai, China 

2019         Long March Project: The Deficit Faction, Long March Space, Beijing, China

2019         Adrift, Chambers Fine Art, New York, USA

2019         Long Day, Aranya Art Centre, Qinhuangdao, China

2019         Treasure Island Phantoms, CLC Gallery Venture, Beijing, China

2019         To Speculate, Of Nature, NanHai Art, Millbrae, USA

2019         Disappearing Archives, Mocube, Beijing, China

2018         Shadow as a Stain, ACRE, Chicago, USA

2018         Yanping Art Harvest in the Village, Jiulong Village, China

2018         Practice: in Progress, NARS Foundation, Brooklyn, USA

2017         ROADSIDE PICNIC, Chambers Fine Art, New York, USA

2017         LIGHT UP Therapy Resort, PSA Emerging Curators Project, Swatch Art Peace Hotel, Shanghai, China

2017         How to Squeeze 8 Days Inside 1 Week, curated by Francesco Bonami, JNBY, Beijing, China

2017         To Be an Image Maker, Jimei Arles International Photo Festival, Jimei Citizen Center, Xiamen, China

2017         Tall Non-Fat Raspberry White Mocha Latte, Investment Projects, New York, USA

2017         Photo Shanghai, Vanguard Gallery, Shanghai Exhibition Centre, Shanghai, China

2017         Being Information, SSSTART EXHIBITION, Shanghai, China

2017         All happens after sunset…, MOCA Pavilion, Shanghai, China

2016        Trembling Surface, Long March,Beijing, China

2016         Annals of Floating Island, Hanart TZ Gallery, Hongkong, China

2016         Warehouse Story V, Vanguard Gallery, Shanghai

2016         Broken Machine, Panoply Performance Lab, Brooklyn, USA 

2016         Miller Time, Katzman Contemporary, Toronto, Canada

2016         Action – Chang Lichi Collection Exhibition, Blue Roof Museum, Chengdu, China

2016         Reknown, NYU Shanghai Art Gallery, Shanghai, China

2015         The Real Thing, National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Taichung, Taiwan

2015         Emerging Digital Artists Award screening, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Canada

2015         Feature Art Fair, Joey and Toby Tanenbaum Opera Centre, Toronto, Canada

2015         Retina of the Unconscious, The Sylvia Wald and Po Kim Art Gallery, New York, USA

2015         Moving Image Programme, OCAT Museum, Shanghai, China

2015         West Bund Art & Design 2015, Vanguard Gallery, West Bund Art Center, Shanghai, China

2015         Photo Shanghai, Vanguard Gallery, Shanghai Exhibition Centre, Shanghai, China

2015         Remainder; Us for never forever for the first and the last month, Space Baptist, Brooklyn, New York, USA

2015         Household Goods and Gift Items, Utopia Parkway, Queens, New York, USA

2015         Unconscious, The Sylvia Wald and Po Kim Art Gallery, New York

2015         Video Basement, National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Taipei, Taiwan

2015         Through a Window: Visual Art and SFU 1965-2015, Vancouver, Canada

2015         Nightstand, Galerie de La Rotonde de Stalingrad, Paris, France

2014         Begin from Chaos, Inna Contemporary Art Space, Hangzhou, China

2014         Boxes: Lost in Circulation, Flushing Town Hall, Queens, USA

2014         Reflecting on Olana, Catwalk Institute, Catskill, USA

2014         Pingyao International Photography Festival, Ancient City of Pingyao, China

2014         Somewhere Else, DeKalb Gallery, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, USA

2014         I Like Fluorescent Light (I Love the Sun), 80 WSE Gallery, New York, USA

2013         DUMBO Arts Festival Exhibition, 85 Washington Street Gallery, Brooklyn, USA

2013         Stony Brook University Philosophy and the Arts Conference Exhibition, The Alchemical Theatre

2013         Laboratory, New York, USA

2013         Art/Work, Coohaus Art, New York, USA

2013         Proof 20, Gallery 44, Toronto, Canada

2013         NYU First Year MFA Exhibition, Rosenberg Gallery, New York, USA

2012         LOSING GROUND: Experimental Video shorts from Canada’s West Coast, VIVO Media Arts

2012        Centre and Arsenal – Institute for Film and Video Art, Embassy of Canada, Berlin, Germany

2012        BMO1st Art! Invitational Student Art Competition Exhibition, Museum of  Contemporary Canadian Art, Toronto, Canada

2012          ANIMATION AUTOMATION, Khyber Arts Centre, Centre for Art Tapes, Halifax, Canada

2012          I Flux, Audain Gallery, Vancouver, Canada

2012          Urban Art Exhibition, Gallery 1313, Toronto, Canada

2012          So Crazy It Just Might Work, Audain Gallery, Vancouver, Canada

2011          Square Pegs IV, Modern Fuel Artist-Run Centre, Kingston, Canada

2011          Summer Live: time-based video program, Vancouver 125, Stanley Park, Vancouver, Canada

2011          Counter Mapping, PuSh International Performing Arts Festival, Roundhouse, Vancouver, Canada

2011          A Furtive Conundrum: Practicing the Furtive, 1612 Gallery, Vancouver, Canada

2011          BYOB Vancouver, Drop Out Video Arts, W2 Storyeum, Vancouver, Canada

2011          I Could Be Wrong, Audain Gallery, Vancouver, Canada

2010         Signal & Noise X Media Art Festival, VIVO Media Arts Centre, Vancouver, Canada

2010         The Sci-Fi Show, Gam Gallery, Vancouver, Canada

2010        TRADE, 221A Artist Run Centre, off-site exhibition at Center A, Vancouver, Canada

2010        For the Moment, W2 Community Media Arts, Vancouver, Canada

2010        EVEN, 221A Artist Run Centre, Vancouver, Canada


Music Performances

2021        Human Whale Songs: Recordings from the Deep Throat, Katydid Records · Vancouver · January 2021, Vancouver Media Arts Committee

2018        Ultima Thule album release, Yve YANG, New York, USA

2017        Home Audio, Brooklyn, USA

2015         Muted Portraits, Trans-Pecos, Queens, USA

2014         COMA (Citizens Ontological Music Agenda), ABC No Rio, New York, USA

2014         Siwen Saodi, Silent Barn, Brooklyn, US

2014 launching party, Litmus Space, Brooklyn, USA

2014         All-Nighters opening performance, 41 Hester St, New York, USA

2014         Contra-Rotations closing performances, Ran Tea House, Brooklyn, USA

2014         I Like Fluorescent Light (I Love the Sun) music performance, 80 WSE Gallery, New York,                 USA

2011         Fake Jazz Wednesdays final concert, Astoria, Vancouver, Canada

2011         Art: It’s in You to Give, Lion’s Den Gallery, Vancouver, Canada

2010        Not Sent Letters & Guest, BLIM, Vancouver, Canada

2010        Fake Jazz Wednesdays, Astoria, Vancouver, Canada

2010        Slab 4: Sound & Noise, VIVO Media Arts Centre, Vancouver, Canada



Awards and Honors

2021       Award of Prix de la Fondation Choi pour l’art contemporain

2018-20 Canada Council for the Arts Research and Creation Grant, Canada

2017        Canada Council for the Arts Project Grant, Canada

2015        Equitable Bank Emerging Digital Artists Award finalist, Canada

2014        New York Foundation for the Arts Artist Mentoring Program, USA

2014        The Art Gallery of York University Artists’ Book of the Moment  shortlist, Canada

2013        Joan Mitchell Foundation Scholarship, USA

2013        British Columbia Arts Council Scholarship, Canada

2013        New York University MFA Artistic Practice Award, USA

2012        May and Samuel Rudin Foundation Multimedia Technology Scholarship, USA

2012        NYU Steinhardt Friends of Art Scholarship, USA

2012        Orange Corporation Annual Award in Visual Arts, Canada

2012        BMO 1st Art Invitational Student Art Competition winner for British Columbia, Canada

2012        Simon Fraser University Service Award in Contemporary Arts (Spring), Canada

2011         Takao Tanabe Award in Visual Arts, Canada

2011        Bice Caple Awards, Canada

2010        Simon Fraser University President’s & Dean’s Honor Roll (Fall), Canada

2010        Simon Fraser University Service Award in Contemporary Arts (Summer), Canada

2010        British Columbia Arts Council Scholarship, Canada

2010        Bice Caple Awards, Canada

2010        Simon Fraser University Service Award in Contemporary Arts (Spring, Summer), Canada

2010        Simon Fraser University Dean’s Honor Roll (Spring), Canada




2019         Offshore Artist-in-Residency, Dinawan Island, Malaysia

2019         Klondike Institute of Art and Culture, Dawson, Canada

2018         Ruan Yisan Heritage Foundation Artist Residency, Jiulong Village, China

2017         ACRE (Artists’ Cooperative Residency and Exhibitions), Steuben, USA

2017         Prattsville Art Center, Prattsville, USA

2016         Lacawac Sanctuary and Field Station, Lake Ariel, USA

2015         The Thicket, Darien, USA

2014         CATWALK Institute, Catskill Mountains, USA

2013         Atlantic Center for the Arts, New Smyrna Beach, USA






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