About the Artist
Pastel Artist Dean Yu was born in China and graduated from Tsinghua University with an engineering degree. He is currently living in New York with his wife and 3 lovely children.
Prior to college, he had studied sketching in China for several years. After he came to United States, Dean decided to pursue his life long passion in art. He studied jewelry design in the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York and became a jewelry designer. He has since designed for many jewelry companies including famous brands.
As a designer Dean Yu was not always very satisfied with the traditional way of color rendering such as gouache with brush. He generally prefers pen, but pen is not very strong with color expression. He was on the search for the perfect art medium before discovering the pastel works of French artist Odilon Redon. Dean was captivated and inspired by the powerful color expression of pastel and gave it a try.
From then on Dean fell in love with these magical colorful chalks and became a self taught pastel artist.