Yowshien Kuo

The Great Fear of the Period

LCCC Virtual Art Gallery  | September 21-30, 2020

  • Slipped in Hope by Artist Yowshien Kuo
  • Natural as Prometheus Hating the Birds by Artist Yowshien Kuo
  • Plaiting a Crown of Thorns by Artist Yowshien Kuo
  • But Victor Denies the Similarities Between Himself and the Monster by Artist Yowshien Kuo
  • The Myth of Liberty and Its House of Cards by Artist Yowshien Kuo
  • Don’t Cry For Me by Artist Yowshien Kuo
  • The People’s Republic of the West by Artist Yowshien Kuo
  • Faces of Death by Artist Yowshien Kuo


Artist Statement

Considering my own Asian American experiences the imagery is derived through reflections in historical narratives, mythologies, and entertainment. Much of the work is a subconscious reaction of inherited racial melancholia and lived sociocultural and racial dislocation. The paintings try to express the equivocal nature of existing in marginalized bodies as an act of transgression against systemic norms in an effort to make the invisible persons, visible. I often use my own body as a vessel to depict both the delusions of escapism and power. Drawing inspiration from trending media, reality shows, movies, and the art history canon in an effort to question authenticity, inclusion, and ownership.

Artist Bio

Yowshien Kuo was educated in both the U.S. and Taiwan and completed his MFA in 2014 from Fontbonne University. Kuo is an active exhibiting artist living and working in St. Louis, Missouri. He is a co-owner of the artist run space, Monaco and has recently exhibited with The Contemporary Art Museum in St. Louis, Superdutchess in NYC, LVL3 Chicago, Projects Plus St. Louis, Counterpublic with The Luminary, Terrain Exhibitions, and Granite City’s Art and Design District. Yowshien has been an artist in residence with Paul ArtSpace in St. Louis and is a recipient of Regional Arts Commission support grant and Critical Mass for the Visual Arts award. His work has appeared in publications that include New American Paintings and The Seen Journal Chicago. He has been interviewed by Yale University Radio and Cool-Wip podcast. Yowshien currently holds teaching appointments at St. Louis Community College at Meramec, Washington University’s – University College, and Maryville University in St. Louis.