Yunfei Ren ("yoon-fay"; he/him) is a visual artist based in San Francisco. His art practice investigates the complexity of identity and belonging in the context of immigration, history, and queerness.

The latest body of work centers on the immigrant experience. He draws parallels between the historical violence against Chinese Americans and today's persisting prejudice towards people of color and immigrants at large. By defying racism and prejudice, he uses art to heal the pains and empower the powerless.

Recent exhibitions include "Guǐ 鬼" at Chinese Historic Society Museum, San Francisco (2021) and "de Young Open" at de Young Museum, San Francisco (2020).

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Guǐ 鬼

A story about loss, alienation and the search for belonging. A ghost of a Chinese coolie who worked on the Transcontinental railroad emerges at night in the modern-day San Francisco Chinatown. Every location presented in the images tells a story about the history and the experience of the Chinese diaspora. The series recounts the historic discrimination and prejudice against the Asian immigrant community and draws connection to today’s continuing violence against immigrants at large.

Exhibited at the Chinese Historical Society Museum
October 16 – November 12, 2021

Published on Washington Post (2021):
"These Photos Are Meant To Be A Protest Against Racism"


In the gay online dating world, the prejudice and fetishization of Asian men continue to propogate under the veil of anonymity. This series is my protest against these prejudices. By objectifying the objectification, I disempower it with ridicule.



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