Over the years, he's taken a deep dive into finance, marketing, abstract paintings and lately video.

Mark operates freely between left brain and right brain activities. At one moment, he's got paint on his hand spreading thick layers of paint onto a canvas and at the very next moment helping a local non-profit board with a fundraising event.

His latest fascination is with the process of making choices of what to include and what not to include.


      • 3 Arts Artist Grant, 2020

      • Minority Artist Grant, Illinois Humanities, 2018

      • Artists' Guild Member Show Award, Elmhurst Art Museum, Elmhurst, IL, 2017

      • Honorable Mention Award, Kingsbury Gallery, Blick Art, Chicago, IL, 2017

      • ‘People’s Choice Award’ The Pop-Up Regional Art Competition, Valparaiso, IN, 2017

      • Auxiliary Board Member Recognition Award, Art Institute of Chicago, 2015

      • Community Service Award, Chinese Mutual Aid Association

      • Living the Vision Award, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago

      • Team Award, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis

Selected Solo Exhibitions

      • Chinese American Museum, Chicago, 2018

        • Exhibit and Panel Discussion, co-sponsored by University of Illinois, 2018

      • Chinese War Horses, The Golden Triangle, Chicago, 2018

      • Public Art Making w/ 300 students, Smart Museum of Art, Chicago, 2018

      • An Evening of Art Parallels, Acquisitions of Fine Art Gallery, Hinsdale, IL, 2017

      • Asian Heritage Month, Chicago Public Library, Chicago, 2016

        • Lincoln-Belmont Branch, 2016

      • Abstract Art & Jazz, Arts in Bartlett, Bartlett, IL, 2015

      • Citywide Exhibit, Gallery H, Three Oaks, Michigan, 2015

      • Woodson Regional Library, Chicago Public Library, Chicago, 2013

      • Bucktown Library, Chicago Public Library, Chicago, 2012

Live Speaking Engagements / Live Interviews

      • The Blank Slate Podcast, "Subject to Interpretation," 2021

      • Artist Interview, "Mike Nourse and Mark Yee," 2020

      • University of Chicago Lab High School, Speaker, "Pursuing Passion as a Process", ArtsFest, 2019

      • CBS Channel 2 Television, "Wicker Park Halloween Display Stolen," 2019

      • WGN Channel 9 Television Interview, "After 20 years, a banker becomes an artist," 2018

      • Elmhurst Art Museum, Artist's Guild, Featured Speaker, Elmhurst, IL, 2016

      • Arts in Bartlett, Bartlett, IL, "Abstract Art," 2015

      • Asian Heritage Month, Chicago Public Library, Chicago

        • Harold Washington Library, "The Business of Art," 2015

        • Clearing Branch, "Artist Talk," 2014

Selected Group Exhibitions

      • Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago

        • Triennial Exhibit, Not Just Another Pretty Face, 2019, 2016, 2013

        • The Center Program and Main Gallery Exhibition, 2012

        • 4833 Conference Center, Student Solo Exhibition, 2011

      • SOFA Chicago, Mansion, Official After Party, The Golden Triangle, Chicago, 2018

      • Peer Pressure Collaboration, Oak Park Art League, Oak Park, IL, 2017

      • Off Center, Chicago Art Department, Off Center, curated by Mike Nourse, Chicago, 2017

      • Gallery Guichard, Chicago, 2016

      • Featured Artist, Acquisitions of Fine Art, Hinsdale, IL, 2015

      • Alumni Weekend, Loyola University of Chicago, 2015

      • Natural Selections, Black Cloud Gallery, Chicago, 2014

      • Mark Yee and Todd Reed Trunk Show, Steve Quick Jeweler, Chicago, 2014

      • Chicago Artist Month, Hubbard Street Studios, 2014

      • Ravazzi and Yee, Black Cloud Gallery, Chicago, 2013

      • Artist Reception, Steve Quick Jeweler, Chicago, 2013

      • Featured Neighborhood Artist, 32nd Ward Alderman Office, Chicago, 2012

      • Celebration of 4 Artists, West Elm, Lincoln Park, IL, 2011

Interviews, Catalogs and Press

      • Crain's Chicago Business, Preserving History, 2021

      • BlockClub Chicago, Historic Preservation, 2021

      • Our Urban Times, Mark Yee Shares Joy of Art, 2020

      • Alderman Brian Hopkins Newsletter, Inspiration during COVID, 2020

      • New City Magazine, Global Best at The Golden Triangle, 2019

      • House Method Magazine, Inside a Painter’s Refined Home, 2018

      • Chicago Spirit Magazine, Midtown Athletic Club, Member Profile, 2018

      • Voyage Chicago Magazine, Meet Mark Yee, Large-Scale Abstract Artist in Avondale, 2018

      • Chicago Magazine, Old House Gets Refresh for Artist Owner, 2018

      • Robb Report, Splurge on Custom Furnishings, 2018

      • Hinsdale Living Magazine, An Evening of Art Parallels, 2017

      • Luxe Magazine, This Chicago Home Embraces Art and Expression, 2017

      • Luxe Daily, “Abstract art by Mark Yee brings a contemporary element”, 2017

      • World Premiere, Cocked, Theater Production, Victory Gardens Theater, Main Stage, 2016

      • 91.5 FM NPR National Public Radio, Artist Talk at Chicago Public Library, 2015

      • Chicago Interiors Magazine, Tom Stringer Design ad, 2015

      • The Daily Herald Newspaper, Abstract Art and Jazz, 2015

      • Do 312, Todd Reed Trunk Show, 2014

      • Our Urban Times Newspaper, Resident activates library's Art Gallery, 2013

      • Michigan Avenue Magazine, Weekender Recommender, 2013

      • Black Cloud Press, Artist Interview, 2012

      • Hyde Park Art Center, Meet Mark Yee, The Center Program Blog, 2012

      • Chicago Weekly Newspaper, Artistic Symbiosis, 2011

      • Michigan Avenue Magazine, Statement Decor at West Elm, 2011

      • Hyde Park Art Center, Waxing Poetic, HPAC Newsletter, 2011


      • The Chinese American Museum of Chicago

      • University of Chicago

      • Chicago Blackhawks player

      • CapGrow Partners Chicago

      • Compass, The Gillman Group Chicago

      • Sergio and Banks Realty

      • Executive Director of Family Equality Council

      • Principal, Mount Carmel School, Chicago

      • former CEO of Allston Trading, LLC

      • Managing Director, BMO

Community and Curatorial

      • Best in Class, Rockwell Artist Collective, 2019

      • Grant Park Music Festival, Gala Co-Chair, 2018

      • Victory Gardens Theater, Live Auction package with Kerry James Marshall, 2018

      • Elmhurst Artist Guild at the Elmhurst Art Museum, Featured Speaker, 2017

      • Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund, Gala Co-Chair, 2015

      • Chicago Artists Coalition, Starving Artist Host Committee, 2014

      • Victory Gardens Theater, Curator for American Premiere of Disconnect, 2013

      • Alderman Scott Waguespack, Curator for Community Artist Exhibits - 2012 - present

      • Bucktown Chicago Public Library, Curator for Community Art Exhibits, 2011 - 2012


      • Hyde Park Art Center, New Edition

      • Boca Raton Florida Museum of Art, Artists' Guild Assistant to Juror

      • Illinois Humanities, Illinois Speaks Lecture Series

      • Hyde Park Art Center, The Center Program

      • DePaul University of Chicago, MBA, Finance

      • Loyola University of Chicago, BBA, Finance

Museum Involvement and Triennial Exhibits

Solo Exhibition and Panel Discussion at the Chinese American Museum of Chicago, co-sponsored by the University of Illinois, 2018


Featured Speaker at the Elmhurst Artist Guild at the Elmhurst Art Museum, 2017

Hyde Park Art Center, Triennial Exhibition 2019, 2016, 2013

Smart Museum of Chicago, Art Jam at the Smart, 2017

Created at "Art Jam at the Smart"

On display and in the collection of The University of Chicago, 2017

Hyde Park Art Center Triennial, 2013


Elmhurst Artist Guild at the Elmhurst Art Museum, Spring 2017, Member Show

Mark Yee receiving award, Fall 2016

Mark Yee, Regional Art Exhibition, Summer 2017, Award Winner

Selected Exhibits

2017 - 2019

The Golden Triangle Chicago, Chinese War Horses, April 2018

The Golden Triangle, Chicago, Global Best, May 2019

SOFA Official After Party, October 2018

Mark Yee solo exhibition at Acquisitions of Fine Art, 2017

Mark Yee art exhibition at Gallery H, Three Oaks, Michigan

Mark Yee art exhibition at Gallery H, Three Oaks, Michigan

Asian Pacific Heritage Month, Chicago Public Library, Solo Exhibitions, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017

2014 - 2016

Arts In Bartlett, 2015

Loyola University Alumni Weekend, Featured Artist, 2015

Harold Washington Library, Chicago Public Library, 2015

Drink Up Art, 2014

Chicago Art Department 2014

2011 - 2013

Front and Center Exhibit at The Hyde Park Center, 2012

Black Cloud Gallery, Natural Selections Group Show, 2012

Black Cloud Gallery, Art Bazaar, Group Show, 2012

Black Cloud Gallery, Two Person Show, 2012

Hubbard Street Lofts, Chicago Artists Month Citywide Exhibit, 2012

Helen Yi Boutique, Solo Show, 2011

Black Cloud Gallery, Featured Artist, Fall 2011

Come Celebrate Local Artists, West Elm, 2011

Come Celebrate Local Artists, West Elm, 2011