Artist Biography

Mingyong Cheng, originally from Beijing, China, is now a California-based new media artist delving deep into the intricacies of AI and generative art. As a Ph.D. student in Art Practice at the University of California, San Diego, she has melded her interests in the Visual Arts Department with her specialization in Interdisciplinary Environmental Research at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography. Mingyong's work is an innovative blend, navigating the crossroads of technology, media art, culture, and environmental consciousness. Beginning in 2021, her artistic trajectory took a bold turn towards harnessing the potential of generative AI, particularly in text-to-image generation using diffusion models. For Mingyong, AI is more than just a tool—it is a co-creator, helping to reimagine history, contemplate the future, and craft whimsical worlds. With an MFA in Experimental and Documentary Arts from Duke University under her belt, she has seamlessly transitioned from documentary film to a wider spectrum of experimental arts. This spectrum encompasses AI-generated art, AR encounters, 3D virtual realms, and interactive installations. Through her diverse mediums, Mingyong unravels the ironic, the uncanny, and the fundamental in our shared existence.

Education History

PhD in Visual Arts (Art Practice)
Specialization in Interdisciplinary Environmental Research
Master of Fine Art in Experimental and Documentary Art
Certificate in College Teaching
Bachelor of Fine Art in Broadcast Production with a Specialization in TV Editing
Bachelor of Fine Art in Digital Media Arts