Dustin Ryan Yu was born in Toronto in 1992, and relocated to Hong Kong with his family in 1998.
He returned to Toronto for university and received his B.Sc. (Hons) at the University of Toronto in
2014, with a specialization in Psychology and major in Visual Studies. In 2016, he graduated from The
School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2016 with a Master of Arts in Art Therapy, and current works
as an artist and art therapist.
His work as an artist tackles important aspects of culture, frequently viewing issues from a nestled systems
perspective. Dustin is primarily interested in digital media and ceramics, which intersects with his more
traditional training in drawing, painting, and collage. In exploring identity through language, memory
cues, and fragmented thoughts, art becomes an important avenue for transferring ideas.
As a bilingual art therapist, Dustin approaches sessions with a focus on the client and the therapeutic
alliance. Through the negotiation of these roles as artist and art therapist, acculturation, adaptation, and
immigration are recurring themes in his practice.
> Art Therapy resources:
AATA (American Art Therapy Association)
CATA (Canadian Art Therapy Association)
HKAAT (Hong Kong Association of Art Therapists)
SSATA (SAIC Student Art Therapy Association)