Yaya Chou was born and raised in Taiwan. She moved to Los Angeles in 1997 after graduating with a B.A. in Mass Communications from Fu-Jen University, Taipei. Once here she continued her studies and received an M.F.A. in 2000 in Experimental Animation from California Institute of the Arts in Valencia, California.
Chou began her career as an animated filmmaker, which garnered her numerous awards. More recently she has modified her interests, and turned her efforts to sculpture and installation. Yaya Chouís work combines humor and commentary on modern culture. It is inspired by nature, language, and social issues. Chou is keenly interested in the creeping trend toward over-consumption, and our notion of what is natural or unnatural.
Her short films have been screened in numerous international film festivals and venues, including the Museum of Modern Art, New York. She currently exhibits in solo and group shows in Los Angeles, Minneapolis, U.K. and Taipei, Taiwan. Her works are featured in Fiberarts magazine, books and newspapers in the U.S. and Taiwan.