Greg Yee

Greg Yee was born in Oamaru in 1965. A second generation Chinese-New Zealander, his great grandfather moved to New Zealand from Taishan, China in 1920. After spending his childhood years in Oamaru, Greg moved to Christchurch where he is currently based in Lyttelton.

In 2008 Greg Yee completed a Bachelor of Design, majoring in sculpture, at Ara Institute of Technology. His work “China Cityscape”, shown in his graduate exhibition, received the Mortlock McCormack Art Award. In 2011 he furthered his studies at the University of Canterbury and was awarded a Bachelor of Fine Arts with First Class Honours. Most recently in 2017, he was awarded a Master of Fine Arts with Distinction from Canterbury University.

“The conceptual focus of my art practice is centered within cultural identity. I began exploring aspects of structure in cultural tradition, whilst also referencing the negotiation and/or integration of aspects of eastern and western cultures (where I find myself situated). My use of materials and imagery are often linked to the domestic settings and rituals of the everyday, however the ideas behind my work are more universal and set in a wider political context.”

Learn more about Greg Yee’s creative practice here


Greg Yee -  Celestials  (2017) Ceramic figurines, clay, paint and gold leaf

Greg Yee - Celestials (2017) Ceramic figurines, clay, paint and gold leaf