Originally from Hawaii, Charles Yuen moved to New York City in 1981 after receiving a BFA (University of Hawaii) and a MFA (Rutgers University). Solo exhibitions include: Pierogi Gallery, Brooklyn, NY; Pamela Salisbury, Hudson, NY; Studio10, Brooklyn, NY, Valentine Gallery, Queens, NY, Elizabeth Harris Gallery (twice), New York, NY; Art in General, New York, NY; Asian American Arts Center, New York, NY; LeoTony Gallery, New York, NY; Metaphor Contemporary Art, Brooklyn, NY; RH Fine Art, Brooklyn, NY; ADA Gallery, Richmond VA; and the Downtown Gallery, Honolulu, HI. His work has also been included in exhibitions at The Armory Show NY 2022, the Brooklyn Museum of Art, Modern Art Museum (Hefei, China), Newark Museum, Honolulu Museum of Art, Artist Space, Exit Art, Hallwalls, Franklin Furnace, and several international, academic, and commercial galleries. Grants awarded include the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship (2018), Adolf and Esther Gottlieb Foundation (2011), Joan Mitchell Foundation (2006), and Artist in Residence (1983-4, Asian Arts Institute and New York State Council on the Arts).
Viewing art as a project connected to a social and civic vision, Yuen has also participated community based activities including a founding membership in Godzilla, an Asian American arts organization; contributions in support of various not-for-profit locally based organizations; and broader political and cultural advocacy exhibitions. Inherently iconoclastic, his art champions personal, human-centric values as rationality and poetics coexist.
Reviews of Yuen's art have appeared in numerous publications including Hyperallergic, Art in America, ArtCritical, the New York Times, Time Out, Brooklyn Rail, Cover, Art Papers, Two Coats of Paint, Arte Fuse, House and Garden, as well as many community papers and culturally oriented blogs. He is represented primarily in private collections, with The Honolulu Museum of Art a public institution.
Charles Yuen lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.