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Yingda Dong is an illustrator and researcher based in Ghent. He is currently pursuing his PhD research at LUCA School of Arts and KU Leuven. His practice and research focus on the intercultural integration of visual language in illustration practice. Yingda Dong's working approach starts from the sketchbook tradition of art school. By applying various materials and techniques, playing with diverse visual features and traditions, he records his life experience between different cultures and societies through diverse styles of narrative and abstract drawings. His works form a pictorial space of collision, fusion, and confusion of different cultures.



2022- PhD researcher, LUCA School of Arts / KU Leuven, Ghent, BE
2021-2022 Advanced Master of Research in art and design in social and political context, Sint Lucas Antwerpen, Antwerp, BE
2019-2021 MA Visual Arts, LUCA School of Arts, Ghent, BE
2018-2019 BA Illustration, LUCA School of Arts, Ghent, BE
2017-2018 Printmaking studio, ArtEZ AKI art and design academy, NL
2012-2016 BA Animation Film, Communication University of China, Beijing, CN

Residence and short program

2023. 9 KHB Studio, Berlin, DE
2019. 11 / 2022.9 / 2023.10 Frans Masereel Center, printmaking, Kasterlee, BE
2018. 7  Yu Long Zao Wu Studio, traditional engrave technique pratice, Beijing, CN
2015. 11 Art7, Drawing & design for amber jewellery, Gdansk, PL
2015. 7 Summer program, Animation film, Sheridan College, Toronto, CA


2023. 11 Collision and fusion: A journey from China to Belgium, Dag van de Wetenschap - Wetenschapsfestival Gent, BE
2023. 4 From art school to professionals: how to develop art school practice to a commissioned project, lecture at the visual communication department at Zhejiang International Studies University, CN
2023. 3 Character sessions, lecture at the illustration department of Sint Lucas Antwerpen, BE
2022. 12 - 2023. 3 Formal analysis and experimentation in illustration, Ongoing public course for professional illustrators and art students in China, host by 鲸字号, CN
2022. 12 Bridging the gap of experimental drawing and editorial illustration, Lecture at the illustration and comic department of Communication University of China, CN
2019. 9 - 2020. 7 Material and image experimentation in illustration practice, Public course for professional illustrators and art students in China, host by 鲸字号, CN


2022. 11 Atmosphere in Contemporary Chinese Illustration, Lecture with Volkmar Mühleis, Conference Aesthetics of Atmosphere in an Intercultural Perspective, organised by the College of Media and International Culture, School of Philosophy, Zhejiang University, and the College of Liberal Arts, Guangxi Minzu University


2023. 11 Grafixx Festival, Antwerp, BE
2023. 9 eMOTION, Group exhibition, Ely Center of Contemporary Art, New Haven, Connecticut, US
2022. 10 Garden Pub(l)ics, Group exhibition, Morpho, Antwerp, BE
2022. 6 Here Instead of Around, Group exhibition, Morpho, Antwerp, BE
2022. 6 Limburg Biennale, Maastricht, NL
2021. 9 The Show Must Go On, Graduation show, LUCA School of Arts, Ghent, BE
2021. 3 The journey of water, Group exhibition, WWF Beijing, CN
2020. 11 EchoDark Art Space Winter exhibition, Shenzhen, CN
2020. 5 Extensive reading about Q, online group exhibition, Beijing, CN
2019. 11 Chinese Whispers, group exhibition, Kasterlee, BE
2018. 3 Medium Rare, group exhibition, Enschede, NL
2016. 10 Asia University film festival, student animation group exhibition, Toyko, JP

Book Fair

2020. 10 Nanjing artbookfair, Nanjing, CN
2020. 6 Hangzhou artookfair, Hangzhou, CN
2019. 8 abC artbook fair, Shanghai, CN
2019. 4 Zine Happening Gent, BE

2024. 4 Winner list, Bologna Children’s Book Fair, Bologna, Italy
2021. 9 Jury prize of graduation, LUCA School of Arts, Ghent, BE
2021. 8 A Conversation About The Seasons, Hiii Illustration 2020 Final list selected
2016 As time goes by, China film and television technology academy award, Silver award, CN
2016. 10 As time goes by, Asia University film festival, best student animation unit selected, JP
2016. 8 As time goes by, Xiamen international animation festival, best student animation silver award, CN
2014. 6 Dancing in the world, Beijing film academy, 13th comic festival, prize of excellent works, CN

Selected commissioned client

UCCA Center for Contemporary Art
The New York Times for Kids_China 栩栩多多
De Standaard
Animals Asia