Yu Tsai is an American photographer based in Los Angeles and New York. He was born in Taiwan and moved to a farm in Indiana with his family as a young child. The family then moved to Chino, California, where Yu Tsai spent his adolescence. He attended Don Antonio Lugo High School, where he was a member of the Future Farmers of America and the track team. After high school, Yu Tsai attended the University of California, Riverside and California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, where he majored in biology. He then attended the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California, studying graphic design. It was during this time in his education that he discovered his passion for the arts, along with directing and photography as a means of telling a visual story.