Xiangyu was born in Anhui, China and grew up in a traditional Chinese family. In 2017, he moved to the United States to pursue his education, obtaining a Bachelor's degree in Visual Arts (Media) from the University of California, San Diego, which is where he first began to practise photography. Currently based in London, Xiangyu is pursuing his studies at the Royal College of Art.
Xiangyu's primary artistic medium is photography, with research interests that include psychoanalysis, intimacy, queer theory, and the therapeutic use of photography. His works have been exhibited globally in countries such as the United States, the United Kingdom, China, and Hungary, and he received an honourable mention in the 2020 International Photography Awards.