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Zoe Yin: Charting Her Own Journey

Magazine article Art Business News

Zoe Yin: Charting Her Own Journey

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With broad brushstrokes and colorful combinations, Zoe Yin's artwork draws comparisons to Matisse and Picasso for its dreamy interpretations of the human form.

Most adults would only fantasize of putting these images on canvas. The artist behind these figures is just 9 years old.

"I don't have inspiration for my paintings; I just paint from my mind, and what comes out is pretty amazing," Zoe says.

Like her older sibling Victoria, Zoe Yin is a child prodigy with remarkable artistic and writing skills (she's written several short stories), a bright student and a ferocious reader (her favorite books: "The Chronicles of Narnia," "Julie of the Wolves," and "Ella Enchanted").

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When it comes to artwork, however, the sisters take divergent paths. Unlike Victoria's surrealistic and darker paintings, Zoe's work is more whimsical and offbeat. The opposite styles are the result of their parents' insistence that each develop independent artistic voices free of formal training.

"Zoe is a very humorous girl. Very fun," says Eva Xu, her mother. "Many collectors like her exaggerated human form and her mysterious paintings."

Zoe agrees with her mom's personality assessment. "I like to be wild and fun," she says. "I also like to mix dark colors and bright colors, too. My figures sometimes represent how I'm feeling at a particular time."

Zoe's artistic talent became apparent at the age of 1, and by 6, she became the youngest artist to exhibit at Andover's (Mass.) Art in the Park, breaking a 33-year record. And earlier this year, she garnered international attention as the youngest exhibitor ever at Artexpo New York at 8 years old.

"[The New York show] was really fun," Zoe says. "I got a lot of questions about my age, why I paint, etc. The coolest thing was I saw people commenting on my artwork, particularly my different colors and different moods. …

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