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Wen-You Cai is a reluctant artist.

She is the founder and director of Special Special, an art production, exhibition, and retail space, bridging art with the everyday. Special Special is located in the East Village of New York City, 

She photographs her everyday surroundings and has written an anthology of her experiences growing up in museums during after hours, entitled When You Make No Art, published in 2015 by Imaginist Press. In 2016, an English art book edition was produced in limited edition for the Bonnefantenmuseum Maastricht.

She is a graduate of Rhode Island School of Design, and Goldsmiths College, University of London.