Ye Funa was born in Kunming, China in 1986. She graduated with a BFA in Experimental Art from the Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing, China and an MFA from the Central Saint Martins College of Art, London, UK.
Ye’s practice is concerned with the relationship between the realities of everyday life. She is interested in the perceived connection between authority and many areas of social life such as different power structures, ethnic groups, and the fictional space of propaganda for the concept of ‘perfection’ in an ideological system, and utopian landscape. Her work is politically charged, subtly engaged in pastiche as a satirizing style of propaganda.
Ye Funa’s work has been the subject of solo exhibitions including, “Curated Nail Residency,” MoCA Pavilion, Museum of Contemporary Art, Shanghai, China (2015); “People's Congress via their Nails-Exhibitionist’s Curated Nails,” Art Museum of Nanjing university of the Arts, Nanjing, China; and “Zha Golden Flowers--News from Nowhere,” V Art Center, Shanghai, China (2014); “Ye Funa,” Galerie Pièce Unique, Paris, France (2014). She has also exhibited in group shows worldwide including “Folklore of the Cyber World-CAC @ the Chinese Pavilion,” Periphery Event of la Biennale di Venezia, Venice, Italy (2015); “The Civil Power,” Beijing Minsheng Art Museum, Beijing, China (2015); “Base,” Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing, China (2015); “Tomorrow’s Party,” Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing, China (2014); “Contemporary Photography in China 2009 - 2014,” Minsheng Art Museum, Shanghai, China (2015); Busan Biennale 2014 Special Exhibition: “Asian Curatorial, Going, Going, Until I Meet the Tide,” Kiswire Sooyoung Factory, Busan, South Korea (2014); “Ten Year in One Inspection,” CAFA Art Museum, Beijing, China (2014); “Poker Face: Wu Junyong / Ye Funa,” Ray Art Center, Shanghai, China (2014); “Contact: Through the Body,” University of Toronto Art Centre, Toronto, Canada (2014); “Art That Heels,” V Art Center, Shanghai, China (2013); “Get it Louder - Future,” Liang Dian Design Center, Beijing, China (2012); “The First ‘CAFAM - Future’ Exhibition,” CAFA Art Museum, Beijing, China (2012); “PERIPHERIES--2nd Asian Art Triennial Manchester,” Piccadilly Place, Manchester, U.K. (2011); Future Pass--Collateral Event of the 54th Venice Biennale, Fondazione Claudio Buziol, Venice, Italy (2011).
Ye Funa currently lives and teaches at the department of experimental art, in the Central Academy of Fine Arts, in Beijing, China.