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Meet Teaching Artist Yiran Guo!

Yiran (Eva) Guo is an freelance illustrator and animator living in New York City. Her works have been featured at Boooooooom and Ballpitmag. Her animations have been shown at film festivals all over the world and have won awards including Society of Illustrators Annual, American Illustration. She is also a self-published artist and her Riso-printed book has been collected by Printed Matter and SSHH NYC. In her free time, Yiran loves to make mochi and bake bread, and she is an avid lover of milk. She splits her time between New York and China, seeking freelance work and enjoying where life takes her.

Tell us about your artistic practice and how working with children inspires you.
My style focuses on an element of surprise and contrast — I love working with the balance between playful and sinister. My paintings are usually very childlike, and I find it is easy to get inspirations from children with their ideas and the creative process.Do you have a favorite memory of making art as a child?
I just remember that I couldn’t stop drawing on the wall besides my bed — the wall was completely full of my drawings when we were moving out of that apartment!

What do you enjoy most about working at CMA?
I am always surprised that children never follow the rules and tend to create something new and strange, which usually inspires me for my own works of art!

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