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Jay Yao

Born: 1977

Hometown: Singapore

Based in: Singapore & Dubai

Jay is a Singaporean photographer and film producer who is currently based in Singapore and Dubai. With a background in the art and film industries, he uses photography to express his creativity and promote social causes. Jay enjoys collaborating with other creatives and traveling the world for his work.

Jay's photography has been published in a series of books titled "Location Singapore" by the Media Development Authority of Singapore (MDA). In addition to his personal work, he has also worked on numerous high-profile commercial campaigns and projects for international publications. Jay's keen eye for detail and ability to create diverse moods and feelings have led to his work being featured in prominent ad campaigns and publications around the world.

Jay's photography is not only commercial but also serves a social purpose. He has used his platform to raise awareness about social injustices and support non-profit movements. Jay has exhibited his work for "The Best of You 2015" and was the winner of the Harper's Bazaar Art Prize in 2015 for his "Reflection" series. His work has also been recognized with an Honorable Mention at the International Photography Awards in 2016.

Jay is well-known in the social media space, with over 14,000 subscribers on his YouTube channel and millions of views for his top videos. He has showcased his work in various group exhibitions, including the "REIMAGINE" exhibition in Singapore in 2019, the Affordable Art Fair in Singapore in 2017, and the Harpers Bazaar Art Fair in Singapore in 2016.

Through his photography, Jay aims to bring out the beauty in his subjects and raise awareness about issues that matter to him. You can follow Jay on his website or @jayyaophotography social media handles to see more of his work and stay up-to-date on his latest projects.


More About Jay Yao

Question IconWhat inspires you?

I draw inspiration from experiencing the present moment, interacting with people and exploring new places. There's an energy that comes from living fully in the moment, fueling my creativity. I strive to imbue my work with the same sense of immediacy and aliveness found in the present.

Question IconDescribe your creative process.

My creative process is rojak, meaning "messy" or "mixed" in Malay. I gather inspiration from my surroundings, art, and culture, and let my ideas flow freely, exploring different possibilities without judgment. This involves experimentation, trial and error, and taking risks. Eventually, the pieces start to come together, and I refine and polish my work until I'm satisfied. This approach leads to work that is both messy and tasty – a true reflection of my creative process.

Question IconWhat are 3 words that best describe your work?

Spritual | Emotive | Thought-provoking

Question IconWho are some artists that have influenced your work?

My work is influenced by Dr. Masaru Emoto, Banksy, and Stanley Kubrick, among others. Dr. Emoto's scientific approach to the study of water crystals and their response to human intention has inspired my spiritual and emotive approach to my work. Banksy's use of art to address social issues and political commentary has also influenced my own socially conscious approach. Lastly, Kubrick's mastery of storytelling and visual language has impacted the way I approach framing and composition in my photography.

Question IconWhat is the most important tool when creating your work?

Mind, soul, camera, tripod.

Question IconWhat is the best piece of advice you have been given?

"Learn and forget" is powerful advice for artists. Keep learning and growing, while letting go of past mistakes and negative emotions. Stay curious, humble, and resilient to stay inspired and motivated in your work.

Question IconWhere do you go for inspiration?

Nature, meditation, and creative community.

Collections Featuring Jay Yao

3 Collections

Orange Art Collection

Orange Art Collection

45 Artists, 52 Products

Last updated: January 17, 2023

Artworks that Capture the Perfect Summer Vibe

Artworks that Capture the Perfect Summer Vibe

53 Artists, 53 Products

Last updated: August 15, 2022

Turquoise Artworks

Turquoise Artworks

18 Artists, 23 Products

Last updated: December 2, 2020



International Photography Awards (Honorable Mention)


Haper's Bazzar Art Ptice



Best Of You

Singapore, 2015