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Zoe Yin

Magazine article Art Business News

Zoe Yin

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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.

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Remarkably, 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," Yin says.

Like her older sibling Victoria, Zoe Yin is a child prodigy with remarkable artistic and writing skills (she's written several short stories), and who is a bright student and a ferocious reader (her favorite books: "The Chronicles of Narnia," "Julie of the Wolves," and "Ella Enchanted"). Both are self-taught artists at the insistence of their parents, who want them to develop their artistic style organically.

When it comes to subject matter, however, the sisters take divergent paths. Victoria's paintings are defined as surreal and dark; Zoe's artwork is defined as whimsical and offbeat.

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

Yin agrees with her mother'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."

Yin's artistic 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. …

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