Vincent CY Chen is a New York-based artist, curator, and residency director. He is a co-founder and director of De:Formal, an online-first platform dedicated to promoting artists who work with experimental mediums under-recognized in the conventional gallery system. De:Formal conducts artist interviews, curates online and offline exhibitions, and hosts monthly virtual residencies. Chen works in sculpture and installation. His work explores the tension between shame and desire, especially in the exotic. He explores these ideas in atmospheric, multimedia displays that borrow iconography from queer culture, children’s media, and Abrahamic religions. He received his BFA in Fine Arts from the School of Visual Arts in 2015, and his MFA in Studio Art at New York University in 2019.