2019 Winner of ArtOutreach IMPART Visual Artist Award, Singapore
2018 President’s Young Talents People’s Choice Award for Scars that write us , Singapore
2012 Japan Media Arts Festival Jury Selection Award for eco-awareness flash game Jimmyfish, Japan



European Graduate School, Saas Fee, Switzerland
PhD with Summa cum Laude 2014-2018
Skinning Nudity: a reading of nudities in arts and law in the Singapore context.
Thesis Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Hubertus von Amelunxen (European Graduate School)
Co-supervisor: Dr. Jeremy Fernando (Tembusu College, National University of Singapore)
Defence committee: Prof. Dr. Hubertus von Amelunxen, Prof. Dr. Siegfried Zielinksi, Dr. Jeremy Fernando.

Master of Arts in Communications (Distinction) 2012-2014
Tracing Etymology: Origins and Time; Monsters and Demons
Thesis Supervisors:  Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Schirmacher (European Graduate School) and
Dr. Jeremy Fernando (Tembusu College, National University of Singapore)

The Florence Academy of Art, Mōlndal, Sweden
Intensive Drawing Course 2013
Awarded the Talent Assistance and Training Allowance Grant from National Art Council Singapore.

Puppets in Prague, Prague, Czech Republic
Marionette Carving and Puppets for animated film workshops June-August 2009
Awarded the National Youth Council Grant 2009

School of Art, Design, and Media, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Bachelor of Fine Arts, Digital Animation (1st class honours) 2005-2009
Awarded the Lee Kuan Yew Gold Medal Award 2009
Awarded the Nanyang Scholarship 2005-2009

The Animation Workshop, Viborg, Denmark
3d Character Animation Workshop January-June 2008
The Drawing Academy
Awarded the MDA Capabilities Development Grant 2008

National Junior College, Singapore
Awarded the MOE Art Elective Programme Scholarship 2003-2004
Awarded the Sapphire Scholars Programme 2003-2004


Flower Flights, with writings by Jeremy Fernando, Junni Chen and Lim Lee Ching, published by Swell Sg, Singapore, 2018. ISBN 978-981-14-0033-9.

Cenobio, edition IV, editor-in-chief Pietro Montorfani, published by Edizioni Canobio, Lugano, 2017. ISSN 0008-896X.

50 Drawing Exercises, edited by Martin Constable and Yanyun Chen, published by Singapore Teachers’ Academy for the aRts (STAR) for Art Teachers in Ministry of Education Schools, Singapore, 2016. ISBN: 978-981-09-8445-8.

Chasing Flowers : workings, written by Yanyun Chen and Junni Chen, published by Knuckles&Notch & Delere Press LLP, Singapore, 2016. Risograph print zine. ISBN: 978-981-09-9769-4

Tracing Etymology: Origin and Time; Monsters and Demons, written by Yanyun Chen, edited by Jeremy Fernando, with an introduction by Jeremy Fernando and Esther Ng, published by Atropos Press, New York, 2015. ISBN: 978-1940813943, AmazonBarnes & NobleBook Depository.

It’s Fiction A 2014 Drawing Catalogue, with text by Jeremy Fernando, Dustin Hellberg, Anders Kølle, published by Delere Press, Singapore. 2014. ISBN: 978-981-09-2656-4, AmazonBarnes & NobleBook Depository.

On Invisibility; or, towards a minor ju-jitsu, written by Jeremy Fernando, illustrated by Yanyun Chen, published by Delere Press, Singapore, 2013. ISBN: 978-981-07-4309-3, AmazonBarnes & NobleBook Depository.


Yale-NUS College, Singapore Lecturer
July 2018 – June 2021
Yale-NUS College, Singapore (Part-time Lecturer)
August 2015 – June 2018

Courses Taught:
Drawing Process;
Life Drawing ;
Drawing Methods ;
Introduction to 2D Animation (write-up by The Octant) ;
Digital Narratives ;
Art Studio Research, Experimentation and Critique ;
Introduction to the Arts ;

Independent Reading and Research Courses:
Anatomical Studies and Figurative Art ;
Fundamentals of Storyboarding ;
Drawing Human Anatomy ;

Capstone Projects Supervising

Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (Part-time Lecturer)
August 2014 – June 2018, School of Art, Design, and Media

Courses Taught:
Applied Drawing;
Drawing for Animation;
Drawn Animation I

August 2014 – December 2014 Semester 1 2014/15, School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering

Course Taught: 
Thinking and Communicating Visually: Introduction to Drawing; or, seeing with line

Nanyang Academy of Fine Art, Singapore (External Advisor for Final Year Projects)
Illustration Design Major
March 2015 – April 2015 ; February 2014 – April 2014

European Graduate School, Saas Fee, Switzerland. (Teaching Assistant)
September 2014 – August 2015 with Werner Hamacher
Art & Identity with Photography
September 2012 – August 2013 with Hubertus von Amelunxen
Archaeology of Apprehension; Foucault: Archaeology of Knowledge
September 2011 – August 2012 with Thomas Zummer

2019 JUNE “Animation in Singapore Contemporary Art: Hilmi Johandi and Dave Lim” Society for Animation Studies, Portugal.

2019 MAY “Hospitality in blurred spaces—a case-study of Ming Poon’s Undressing Room” Association for Philosophy and Literature Conference, Klagenfurt, Austria.

2019 APRIL “Nudity, Art and Censorship in Singapore” Yale-NUS College, Singapore.

2019 MARCH “The Times of Art in Singapore”
Featured Speaker for ‘Beyond the Clock’ Interdisciplinary Symposium on Time; Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.

2018 MAY “Understanding Nudity in Art” Cultural Criticism, National Library, Singapore.

2017 APRIL “The Nude, dressed up to the eyeballs…”, Poetry, philosophy, politics : on art & education workshop, Tembusu College, National University of Singapore.

2016 JUNE “On blinking: Looking closely at Don Hertzfeldt’s Animations”, 28th Annual Conference of the Society of Animation Studies ; Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.