Lap Yip was born in Hong Kong, China. He earned a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, USA, in 1989, and completed his post-graduate work at the Hochschule für Bildende Künste in Braunschweig, Germany.
Yip's work addresses the relationship between human and nature, and the dramatic environmental changes that are caused by human activities. Using materials such as Styrofoam, Plexiglas, neon, his work shows how narrow the boundary between fiction and reality may be. His work does not present a specific result, but demonstrates that everything moves in a hypothetical space and that reality must at all times be questioned.
His awards include: Atmosphere, an art-and-architecture project, awarded and commissioned for the “Kurhaus-Library” in Bad Bevensen, Germany, in 1997; Hugenotten Park, Schwedt, Germany, 2001, where Yip received a purchase award during the International Sculpture Symposium; First Prize and realization, outdoor-sculpture project (in cooperation with Thomas Knoth) for the BUGA 2007, Gera, Germany.
Yip's work has been exhibited throughout Europe, the United States and in Asia. Among the exhibitions are solo shows in Berlin, Wiesbaden, Hannover, Gera, Göteborg, Shanghai and Hong Kong. Yip has participated in several international sculpture projects and completed art-on-site work in public areas in cities such as Chicago, Paris, Berlin, Pestinok and during the Land Art Biennial: Mongolia 360° in the Gobi Desert.
Lap Yip lives and works in Berlin Germany