Photography by Christa Kimble

Photography by Christa Kimble

Yao is a watercolor artist and designer based in Columbus, Ohio.  While she has been painting and drawing since the age of 5, her introduction to watercolor began shortly after college.  Her connection to this medium was immediate and it has since defined her painting style and marked the beginning for Yao Cheng Design!

Located in downtown Columbus, Yao Cheng Design was founded in 2012 and where we create delightful watercolors for the everyday.  Our online shop and design studio is where Yao’s modern and bright designs come to life through products, wedding stationeries, and commercial work.  Our retail side focuses on a range of products for the home while the studio side focuses on creating specialty wedding invitations and commissioned projects.  Throughout all of Yao's work, she is always trying to capture the immediacy of expressions through color, shapes and brush strokes.  The emphasis on imperfect marks and unpredictable colors is what makes her designs stand out and feel personable. 

Best known for her iconic expressive watercolor style, Yao's designs, products and collaborations can be found on our website, with Chronicle Books in Barnes & Noble, Anthropologie, West Elm, and Minted.  Her online tutorial series with Creativebug offers an introduction to watercolor painting.  She is also the co-founder of Rise & Design, a Columbus meet-up for creatives.

If you'd like to work with us on a new project, get in touch with our art rep agency!  You can also email our studio directly regarding our products, wholesale, or wedding design services.