Yi Xin Tong (in English)

Living in Gravesend, artist from China's Mount Lu feels closest to home at Coney Island Creek

Yi Xin Tong (in English)
Interview Date:
December 2, 2018


Yi Xin Tong is an artist from Mount Lu in China, where he grew up learning calligraphy, poetry and fishing from his grandfather. At Coney Island Creek, which he describes as "the place that I can feel closest to home in New York," Yi Xin spends his time fishing for striped bass and flounder and creating videos such as NYC Fishing Trip - Water Is in Front of the Bushes and the YouTube channel Gravesend Fisherman.  He talks about his experience living and working in the Gravesend neighborhood of Brooklyn for the past six years. 

Yi Xin has a BFA from Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada, and an MFA in Studio Art from New York University. He exhibits widely in the US, Canada and China. Upcoming group exhibits in 2019 include Adrift, Chambers Fine Art, New York and BRIC Biennial III, Brooklyn.