Xu Yang (b. 1996, China) lives and works in London, U.K. She received an MA in Painting from the Royal College of Art (2018-2020) and a First-Class Honours BA in Painting from Wimbledon College of Arts. Xu has been the recipient of several awards; in 2019, Xu received the Highly Commended award at the Air Gallery Open and she was the winner of Barbican Arts Group Trust Artwork Open 2019. Xu’s work explores childhood fantasies, fetishes and identity, through painting, photography, and mixed media, taking history and mysticism as a starting point. Her practice is driven by a desire to ‘resuscitate’ Rococo styles and sensibilities, painting unapologetic female figures in a lavish, extravagant style. Her works have been featured in numerous exhibitions around the world and presented in various international art publications like Vogue Singapore, Elephant Magazine, Fad Magazine, The Sunday Times Culture, among others.