Xinyi Cheng(程心怡) was born in a riverside city in the south of China, her family moved to Beijing when she was very young. She started to paint hairy white men when she moved to the U.S. in 2012. She is interested in structuring emotions that are specific and complex. Not simply an expression of her own feelings, but an unsettling configuration of the multiple layers of emotion that congeal over time. She attended Tsinghua University in Beijing (BA, 2012), Maryland Institute College of Art (MFA, 2014), and Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture (2014). She has participated in the AIM program at the Bronx Museum of the Arts, and has received a fellowship to the Vermont Studio Center. She is a recent artist-in-residence at the Lower East Side Printshop in New York.
She has relocated to Amsterdam, the Netherlands at the beginning of 2016. She is a resident artist at the Rijksakademie.