Ziyao Xie was born in Tianjin, China in 1994. She then moved to Shenzhen, China and lived there since then. She came to the United States to study at a young age, and graduated from Johns Hopkins University with a double major in Film and Media Studies and Applied Mathematics and Statistics. She is now pursuing a MFA degree in the Film and Video program in California Institute of the Arts. She considers herself as an experimental filmmaker who indulges in exploring the possibilities in visual arts.