Contemporary art with an old soul flows out of Yidan’s journey of many thousands of miles from her birthplace in China to her Idaho home. That passage, with its universal instincts for survival, search for happiness, and fulfillment of dreams, has grabbed and compelled Yidan’s soul. It continues to inspire her work in which she sets humans and creatures of nature in settings that reveal their inner story to the person who pauses to participate by reading a story in the painting.
As deeply as ancient Asian art influences Yidan’s work, it finds a new vigor in Western masters, whether Renaissance artist Leonardo da Vinci or late 19th century artists John Everett Millais and John William Waterhouse. Through her art and the journey, Yidan intends to build connections between the past and the present, the East and the West, and the human soul with nature’s other creatures, all in an effort to inspire people to live in a world with peace, hope, and love.
Yidan Guo completed eight years of strict fine art training at the most prestigious fine arts institution-Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing, China, and received her Bachelor of Art degree in Traditional Chinese Painting. In 2005, Yidan earned a master’s degree in Philosophy of Aesthetics from Renmin University of China.
Yidan has held several solo exhibitions in the United States and in china. Her artwork has been selected for inclusion in a number of juried exhibitions. Yidan’s artwork is collected by private collectors and by institutions include China Central Academy of Fine Arts, The Chinese Artists Association, Southern Utah University, Edgar & Helen Studies Center in Shanxi, China, and University of Missouri-Kansas City Foundation.
Currently Yidan lives in Idaho, U. S. with her husband and is focusing on her career as a full-time artist. In the meantime, Yidan is pursuing her second master’s degree in Fine Arts with the Idaho State University Department of Art.