Growing up in the ‘80s amid China’s one-child-only policy, Tian didn’t have any siblings and couldn’t have pets; making friends was daunting and limited by rules and inhibited communication. As a child, she would often catch all kinds of small bugs, put them in jars, speak to and play with them, and call them the “only listeners in her childhood.”
Suyao Tian is an artist, designer, and independent curator living in St. Paul, Minnesota. In 2017, she graduated with honors from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, receiving an MFA. Previously, she earned a double BFA in fine arts and music education. Tian is also the owner and founder of the fashion brand Modern Cover.