Cindy Yuen-Zhe Chen is a Sydney based artist who uses experimental drawing and sound practice to explore processes of embodied listening. Her drawing practice examines circumstantial experience and engages with the dynamic line of sound to extend the possibilities of drawing. She explores how perceptual engagement engenders connection and uses drawing to enact her unfolding relationships with places. As the recipient of the University Postgraduate Award, Chen is currently undertaking a Doctor of Philosophy in Art, Design and Media at the University of New South Wales Art and Design. Chen has presented her research internationally in the United Kingdom and China.

With work held in private and public collections, Chen has exhibited in Australia and China in solo, group and finalist prize exhibitions. In December 2018, Chen held a solo exhibition and undertook an artist residency at Ningbo Museum of Art, China. In 2017, Chen was selected to exhibit in Beijing's Today Art Museum as a part of Art Nova 100. She was a finalist in the Paddington Art Prize in 2015 and a finalist for the 61st Blake Prize in 2012. Chen has undertaken artist residencies at Akiyoshidai International Art Village in Japan and Hill End, Bathurst Regional Gallery. Chen is represented by Art Atrium in New South Wales.

To listen to her sound feedback drawing practice, please visit https://soundcloud.com/cyzchen.

Chen regularly posts updates about her practice on Instagram @cindy_yz_chen


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CURRENT  Doctor of Philosophy Art, Media and Design - Research Candidate, University of New South Wales Art and Design

2012  Master of Fine Arts - Research, College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales

2007 Bachelor of Fine Arts - Honours, College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales


2019 Sounding through Touch - Firstdraft, Sydney

2018 山水之間: 浪石 - Between Mountain and Water: Langshi- Ningbo Museum of Art, Zhejiang, China

2018  Conversations with the Wind - Incinerator Art Space, Sydney

2015  Life of a Storm: Cindy Yuen-Zhe Chen - Gaffa Gallery, Sydney

2015  Unseen Landscapes: Cindy Yuen-Zhe Chen - Art Atrium, Sydney

2011  Drawing Breath - Master of Fine Arts Graduation Exhibtion, Kudos Gallery, Sydney


2018 Vis à Vis, Five Walls, Melbourne

2017 Art Nova 100, Today Art Museum, Beijing

2017 Willoughby Visual Arts Biennale - Home Grown, Art Space on the Concourse, Sydney

2017 Claudia Chan Show and Cindy Yuen-Zhe Chen, Art Atrium at Jones Bay Wharf, Sydney

2015  The Narrative of Location (Close) - Gaffa Gallery, Sydney

2015  The Narrative of Location (Open) - Seventh Gallery, Fitzroy, Melbourne

2015  Openings - AirSpace Projects, Marrickville

2014  Contemporary’s Contemporaries: Museum of Contemporary Art Staff Show - The Rocks Pop Up Space, Sydney

2014  The Space Between: Mark-making as Meditation, Incinerator Art Space, Willoughby

2014  Miniature Cosmos - AirSpace Projects, Marrickville

2014  Wondermountain - Penrith Regional Gallery and The Lewers Bequest, Penrith

2013  Lived Rhythm - Cindy Chen and Li Cui - Art Atrium, Sydney

2013  Interplay - Museum of Contemporary Art Staff Show 2013 - 107 Projects, Redfern

2013  Snake Snake Snake, An exhibition of contemporary Asian Australian Artists - Sydney Town Hall

2012  Breathe - Art Atrium, Sydney

2012  Art 3K - Art Atrium, Sydney 


2018  Artist in Residence - Ningbo Museum of Art, Zhejiang Province, China

2018  Artist in Residence - Hill End, Bathurst Regional Art Gallery

2017 - 2019 University Postgraduate Award - The University of New South Wales

2016 - 2017  Australian Postgraduate Award - The University of Sydney

2016 - 2017  Artist in Residence - Hill End, Bathurst Regional Art Gallery

2016  Fellowship Artist - Akiyoshidai International Art Village, Yamaguchi Prefecture, Japan

2015  Paddington Art Prize - Finalist - Woollahra, Sydney

2013 - 2014  Artist in Residence - Penrith Regional Gallery and the Lewers Bequest Summer Studio Residency

2013  Paddington Art Prize - Finalist - Mary Place Gallery, Paddington

2013  Lloyd Rees Memorial Youth Art Awards - Finalist - Gallery Lane Cove, Sydney

2012  61st Blake Prize - Finalist - S.H Ervin Gallery, Sydney

2010  Tim Olsen Drawing Prize - Finalist - Kudos Gallery, Sydney

2009  Tim Olsen Drawing Prize - Finalist - Highly Commended - Kudos Gallery, Sydney

2008  Postgraduate Travel Grant - College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales

2007  Tim Olsen Drawing Prize - Finalist - Kudos Gallery, Sydney

2007  Jenny Birt Award - Highly Commended - College of Fine Arts, Sydney

2007 Honours Year Scholarship - College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales


2017 Poems of Wu Suzhen, Yue Xuan & Qing Shui. Introduction by Cui Yuwei. Translated from Chinese by Ouyang Yu. Newtown: Vagabond Press, 2017. Cover image.  

2014 Miniature Cosmos, Miniature Cosmos catalogue, Kathleen Linn, September

2012  Sounds of Creativity, Northside Courier, Vanessa Fowler, 6 November 2012

2011  Drawing Breath, The Art Life, Meredith Birrell, 17 June 2011

2009 Chant: Creating a sacred space through drawing, Cindy Yuen-Zhe Chen, Engaging Place(s) / Engaging Culture(s) Conference, Online Publication, Curtin University, Perth. 

2007  The Whiff of Graduation - COFA Annual 07, Vaughan O’Connor, COFA Art and Design: Summer 2008, Issue 20

2007  Transient Art in COFA Annual and COFA Graduates 07, Kevin Rahardjo, Artwrite, Issue 37


2014 The Willoughby Collection  - The City of Willoughby