Jingwen Yao

In the heart of Berlin, Jingwen Yao’s studio is a crucible where art converges with activism. A Chinese visual artist, Jingwen has found her voice in Europe’s pulsating art capital, where her canvases speak of social issues with a poignant clarity that transcends language barriers.

Jingwen Yao: It's OK to get hurt

It’s ok to get hurt

Her piece, “It’s ok to get hurt,” is an introspective journey painted in vibrant shades of acrylic. The artwork, a striking portrayal of vulnerability, inverts traditional gender norms by placing a man in what is traditionally seen as a feminine posture. This inversion is Jingwen’s way of challenging the viewer, asking us to reflect on the power dynamics that shape our perceptions of gender.


“Aftermath,” a larger canvas, unfolds a narrative of survival and rebirth in the aftermath of human impact on nature. It’s a call to action, a reminder of the delicate balance we must maintain with the world that sustains us.

Jingwen Yao: Aftermath

Nature Reclaiming Series

The “Nature Reclaiming” series is Jingwen’s acrylic ode to the resilient spirit of the environment. With “Nature reclaiming II,” “Nature reclaiming III,” and “Nature reclaiming V,” she spotlights the aftermath of human neglect. Abandoned objects, now part of the landscape, serve as a reminder of overconsumption. Yet, there is hope in these scenes, as nature’s tenacity weaves new life into forgotten spaces.

Jingwen Yao: Nature reclaiming III
Jingwen Yao: Nature reclaiming V
Jingwen Yao: Nature reclaiming II

Through her art, Jingwen Yao compels us to look closer, to see the invisible threads that connect us to our environment and to each other. Her work with acrylic, watercolor, and ink captures fleeting emotions, while her use of mirrors invites introspection, making us a part of the art itself.

As we prepare for the “Salon des Refusées” at krautART ARTspace, we celebrate artists like Jingwen, who not only create beauty but also embody the power of art to inspire change. Join us in this celebration of resilience, reflection, and the indomitable human spirit.


The “Salon de Refusées” is an art initiative inspired by the historic 1863 Paris exhibition. It’s a platform celebrating female (read) artists who’ve faced rejection, turning exclusion into empowerment. Our project is dedicated to showcasing art in its most authentic form, creating a space where diverse voices and stories are seen and revered. Join us in this artistic uprising, where each piece adds to our resilience and the unyielding spirit of creativity. Participate in our Open Call and be part of this transformative journey.