It’s ok to get hurt
Acrylic on canvas
70 x 100 cm

Jingwen Yao

Artists are intimately acquainted with the sting of rejection. Salon de Refusées offers an opportunity to confront and embrace the raw experiences of being turned away, without the burden of shame. This exhibition serves as a unifying force, bringing together artists from diverse backgrounds and disciplines. It acts as a source of empowerment, infusing us with encouragement and fostering a sense of hope for our collective artistic journey ahead. 

– 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.

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.

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.


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.