Born in 1979 in Inner Mongolia, China.
Yu first received his BA from the Lu Xun Academy of Fine Arts, Shenyang, in 2001. In 2013, he graduated from Beijing’s Central Academy of Fine Arts with a MA. Although trained in classical Chinese painting, Yu’s artistic language can be described as a revitalisation of the traditional art form, by removing all representational qualities and distilling it to its basic components of water, paper and ink. Yu has participated in numerous group exhibitions around the world since 2010.