Snow Yunxue Fu (b. 1987) is a Chinese-born and Chicago-based artist exploring the aesthetic concept of the sublime through a wide range of digital media. Trained formerly as a painter, Fu is known for her elaborate 3D animations that are modeled after the allegorical paintings of Caspar David Friedrich. Fu introduced computer animation to contemporary art at a time when the medium was colored by its mainstream associations with scientific modeling and commercial animation in film.
Her artwork approaches the subject of the Sublime using topographical computer rendered animation and installation. She exams and interprets the world around her through digital space and virtual reality, where she draws a parallel to the realms of multi-dimensionality, the physical, the virtual, and the metaphysical.
Fu has exhibited her work nationally and internationally, including Venice Architectural Biennial, Italy; Thoma Art House, Santa Fe; The Other Art Fair, Mana Contemporary Chicago, Chicago; and Current Museum of Art, New York. Other showcase includes Shenzhen Independent Animation Biennial, China; TRANSFER Gallery in NADA Art Fair, New York; Pingyao International Photography Festival, China; High Concept Lab, Chicago; CODAME Art and Tech Festival, San Fransisco; the Wrong Biennial; Hong Kong Arts Center, HK; ISEA2016, HK; Expo Chicago, US; Digital Culture Center, MX; Kunsthalle Detroit Museum of Contemporary Art, US; NURTUREart Gallery, US; Gallery C Space, CN; West Village Art Gallery, CN; Venice Architecture Biennale, Venice; SIMULTAN Festival, RO; 9:16 Film Festival, AU; Spaces Gallery, Cleveland OH; Gene Siskel Film Center, Chicago IL; Supernova Digital Animation Festival, Detroit CO; International Mykonos Multimudia Festival, Greece; Galerie Protégé, NY, and etc. She has presented her work and research in institutions, symposiums, and conferences internationally, and has given artist talks at the Elmhurst Art Museum, US; Chicago Artist Coalition, US; Lido Art Center, CN; Guizhou Minzu (Nationalities) University in Guiyang, CN; Celebrating Women in New Media Symposium at SAIC, US; Trans-National Identity Symposium, US; and Ox-bow School of Art and Artist's Residency, MI, US. Her early painting work, Kissing the Mother, is in the permanent collection of the National Museum of China in 1994, keeping the record of one of the youngest artists in the collection.
Fu teaches at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) in the Film, Video, New Media, and Animation Department, the Continuing Studies Department, and the Ox-bow School of Art and Artist Residency. She also teaches 3D Animation and Game classes at the University of Illinois at Chicago, the North Central College in Naperville IL, and at L-Art University in Shanghai. She has an MFA from the Film, Video, New Media, and Animation department at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, a BFA in Painting from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, a BFA in Painting from Southeast Missouri State University, and a BA in Fine Art from Sichuan Normal University in China.
Fu is also actively engaged in many curatorial projects and screenings. She has co-curated many multi-media shows, such as A City to Wear at the Research House for Asian Art in Chicago and -scape at the Zhou Brothers' Art Center. She also managed the exhibitions of the Double Frame Gallery; a contemporary artist group ran gallery located in the Mana Contemporary Chicago that showcases and supports international contemporary experimental work in different mediums. She regularly organizes Experimental 3D Animation screening for her students and peers.