Yao was born in 1969. He graduated from The National Institute of The Arts (Taipei National University of the Arts) with a degree in Art Theory. Yao specializes in photography, installation and painting. In 1997, he represented Taiwan in Facing Faces-Taiwan at the Venice Biennale. After that, he took part in the International Triennale of Contemporary Art Yokohama (2005), APT6 (2009), Taipei biennial (2010), Shanghai Biennale (2012), Beijing Photo Biennale (2013), Shenzhen Sculpture Biennale (2014), Venice Architecture Biennale, Media City Seoul Biennale (2014), Asia Triennial Manchester (2014), Asia Biennale (2015), Sydney Biennale (2016) and Shanghai Biennale (2018). His works have been widely exhibited in numerous international exhibitions.
Yao is the winner of The Multitude Art Prize (Hong Kong) in 2013 and the 2014 Asia pacific Art Prize (Singapore). He is also the winner of the Taishin Arts Award (Taiwan) in 2018. In 2010, Yao grouped his students into a photography team called Lost Society Document (LSD). He encouraged them to photograph and survey in their hometowns. Through the way of field survey, they attempt to outline “mosquito houses”, which have been widely criticized, publish three books, Mirage: Disused Public Property in Taiwan, and practice the possibility of observing the society by the meaning of art until now. Now, Yao works as an independent curator and artist. He is also teaching at the National Taiwan Normal University Department of Fine Arts.
Yao Jui Chung