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Hello, I’m Xiyu (pronounced “shee-you”), a Dutch-born Austrian artist with Chinese origins currently based in Germany who draws, builds and paints. My focus is on visual poetry, new forms of narration as well as graphic journalism, showing what cannot be seen. I worked in the global development industry before becoming an artist, holding a BA from Heidelberg University as well as a BA from the University of Applied Sciences Hamburg, and a MSc from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

My clients include (in no particular order): Heinrich Böll Stiftung, Robert Bosch Stiftung, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, Stiftung Asienhaus, Kellertheater Hamburg, Hochschule für Angewandte Wissenschaften Hamburg, Hamburger Bücherhallen,
Haus Drei Stadtteilkulturzentrum, Bürgerhaus Eidelstedt, …


As a founding member of
Studio Marshmallow, I aspire to changing society through the arts.

Please enjoy.



2019 Artist Residency
Goethe Institut & A4 Museum Chengdu

2016 Travel Grant to Brazil
Bayerischer Presseverband der
evangelischen Kirche

2016 Top 10
Ravensburger Picture Book Competition

2016 Shortlist Poster Competition
Deutsches Studierendenwerk e.V.

2016 Winner Picture This!
International Picture Book Competition


2020 Vorwerkstift Hamburg

2019 A4 Museum Chengdu
2019 Deichtorhallen Hamburg
2019 KDK Deichtorhallen Hamburg
2019 Formation Now Festival

2019 Altona macht auf!
2019 Bürgerhaus Eidelstedt

2019 Casa Tinta, Bogotá
2019 Fabrik der Künste Hamburg

2018 Altona macht auf!

2017 Zentralbibliothek Hamburg
2017 Rellinger Lesewochen
2017 Künstlerhaus Lauenburg

2016 Kellertheater Hamburg
2016 Frappant e.V. Hamburg
2016 TASTE Festival Hamburg


I am open for commissions and collaborations. Feel free to reach out at

hi (at)